Summer is on the horizon with different meanings for different people
For some in our community, it’s looking forward to Pride Month, calling for equality and unity in celebration of our diversity. After more than one year of living and working under the shadow of COVID-19, it seems that we are nearing a turning point. About 2 million Oregonians have received at least one vaccination (as of mid-May), and counties across the state are moving into lower risk levels.
Our summer celebrations will look different again this year. We can’t miss or ignore all that we’ve learned and talked about over the past 15+ months. In keeping with the season, perhaps we embark on this next chapter with the same level of hope and excitement with which we approach summer and Pride, keeping in mind the calls for equality and community.
As we navigate this ever-changing landscape, I’m going to continue to wear my mask in public places. My three-year-old daughter is not yet eligible to be vaccinated, and many of our immuno-compromised neighbors are likewise ineligible. I will continue to do my part to keep Oregonians safe.
Lacey Beaty was elected Beaverton’s Mayor in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on Beaverton City Council.