Historic Landmark CommissionApril 3, 2024

2.1 - RESOLUTIONNO.20230914-078 — original pdf

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RESOLUTION NO. 20230914-078 WHEREAS, the City has a long-standing commitment to equity and the protection of the rights and well-being of atl its residents; and WHEREAS, LGBTQIA+ individuals have historically faced discrimination, prejudice, and unequal treatment and continue to experience growing levels of violence; and WHEREAS, LGBTQIA+ individuals are nine times more likely to be victims of violent hate crimes than their counterparts and the FBI has reported a 70 percent increase in hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ individuals from 2020 and 2021; and WHEREAS, LGBTQIA+ Texans are our neighbors, teachers, faith leaders, employees, and an essential part of the fabric of this state and contribute to the richness and diversity of our city; and WHEREAS, historic markers play a crucial role in preserving and honoring the diverse cultural heritage of communities, providing a tangible representation of struggles, achievements, and progress; and WHEREAS, 4th and Colorado streets in Downtown Austin hold significant historical and cultural importance, serving as a prominent gathering place for the LGBTQIA+ community and hosting numerous events and institutions that have contributed to its vibrant history; and WHEREAS, recognizing the historical significance of this location by installing an LGBTQIA+ district historical marker will serve as a visible reminder o f the community's resilience, struggles, and triumphs will foster a sense of pride among LGBTQIA+ residents and visitors; and Page 1 of 2 WHEREAS, numerous organizations and community leaders, including LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups, local businesses, and residents, have expressed their support for the installation of an LGBTQIA+ district historical marker at 4th and Colorado streets as a symbol of inclusivity, strength, and unity; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN: Council directs the City Manager to coordinate and initiate the installation of an LGBTQIA+ historical marker on 4th and Colorado streets as a symbol of the community's historical significance and contributions. BE IT FUil- El RESOLVED: Council directs the City Manager to gather input from LGBTQIA+ community leaders, Human Rights Commission, LGBTQ+ Quality of Life Advisory Commission, and the Historical Landmark Commission regarding the content and queer figures to highlight on the historic marker. ADOPTED: September 14 , 2023 ATTEST: Myrna ?h< City Clerk Page 2 of 2