SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – June is commonly celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and will be treated as such in Utah under a new declaration from the governor.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month recognizes the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally, according to the Library of Congress.

On Monday, Governor Spencer Cox issued an order declaring 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Utah.

“We must encourage relevant and vital conversations about what it means to love each other, understand our differences, and support our LGBTQ+ friends and family members,” Gov. Cox says in the declaration. “We can strengthen resilience in the LGBTQ+ community through family and community inclusion and by providing access to help, and giving them our support, respect, understanding, and friendship.”

The declaration goes on to say, “We should all strive to be more inclusive and accepting of the LGBTQ+ members of our community.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Cox received national attention for his stance on a proposed bill that would have kept transgender youth from participating in girls’ sports.

Above video from February 2021

“If you have not spent time with transgender youth, then I would encourage you to pause on this issue,” Gov. Cox said in February. “We have so many people who are in a very difficult spot right now. And we have very few if any transgender girls participating in sports. These kids are, they are just trying to stay alive. You know, there is a reason none of them are playing sports.”

He not only received support from local LGBTQ+ advocates, but Star Trek star George Takei.

“This is quite moving. Bravo, sir. We need more of this compassion in politics, particularly from Republicans,” he said in a Twitter post including Gov. Cox’s remarks.