Tammy Day thanked the Human Rights Commission for presenting the proclamation "because it is hard to sit here and be demeaned. So many comments are made out of a lack of understanding. The assumption is that everybody is straight. You need to be aware of those of us who don't fit into the majority."
A gay high school student urged the council to pass the proclamation "because maybe it will help us not to be hurt so much."
Another student said she has been harassed and bullied because she supports the gay community, although she is straight.
"For many years, Norman has had a history of tolerance," Libba Smith said. "It would be a black mark against the city if we voted down this proclamation."