Billings’ nine-member Human Relations Commission is making up for lost time by lobbying the City Council to declare it won’t stand for racism, bigotry and hate crimes.  Daunted by the lack of a quorum for the last year, the commission unanimously approved a request on Thursday at City Hall to seek council support for recognition of June as Pride Month.  After nearly a decade’s absence, Big Sky Pride events are returning to Billings on June 16 through 18.

 

Those events will include parties, education, shows, comedy, food and drink, movies and a Pride parade, rally and dance.  Last month, the commission asked the City Council for a proclamation stating the city “values the diversity of its citizens and has zero tolerance toward hate crimes, bigotry, misogyny and any other form or sign of discrimination towards a member of another group.