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PRIDE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The flyer is the Pride Flag along the top of the page. The last color purple goes throughout the remainder of the page. In the purple is the information for the flag raising.

Jersey City proudly displays the Progressive Flag. Hudson County, which was the first county in New Jersey to raise the Pride Flag in 2003 celebrates Pride in August! Acknowledging the strength and growth of our LGBT & allied communities in the City of Jersey City with month long events produced by the Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival.

 The original pride flag was created in 1978, the rainbow symbol flies over iconic landmarks like the Stonewall Inn and many other celebrations of queerness. Much like the LGBTQ community, this flag’s meanings are rich and diverse.

Firstly, red symbolizes life for LGBTQ individuals. Like the blood which flows through each of our veins, this color ties the community together and illustrates our similarities. Orange stands for healing, a difficult process many queer individuals must go through due to widespread homophobia and discrimination. Whether rising up from internal struggles or assisting others with coming out, this experience is felt by many LGBTQ members. The yellow stripe depicts the warm rays of sunlight. Green stands for nature. Same-sex attraction is found in over 1,000 animal species, highlighting the natural roots of the gay community (Imperial). The blue or turquoise in this flag may represent the importance of art or signify growing harmony. These colors demonstrate the strong voices of the LGBTQ+rising up against hatred and bearing their hearts through music, theater, and traditional art. Finally, the royal purple showcases the determined spirit of the queer community. In 2017, the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs shared a new pride flag that incorporates the colors black and brown. These additional stripes illustrate the diversity of the gay community, paying homage to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

These additional stripes illustrate the diversity of the gay community, paying homage to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. A recently, an updated version of the Pride flag was unveiled by an Oregon-based artist named Daniel Quasar. This symbol contains both the original six pride colors alongside the black and brown stripes introduced in 2017. The newest addition are the three white, pink, and blue fields which highlight transgender individuals. This flag emphasizes the importance of transgender men and women within the LGBTQ community and provides them with a unique space on the pride flag.

 

Group picture for the PRIDE flag raising

Pictured from left to right:

Stevens M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
Jeana Abuan, Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Taskforce Coordinator
Joseph Cameron, Co-Producers of the Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival
LGBTQ+ Task Force Member
LGBTQ+ Task Force Member
James Solomon, Councilman Ward B
Community Member
Miguel Cardenas, J.C. Artist
LGBTQ+ Task Force Member
Harmonica Sunbeam
Migdalia Pagan-Milano, Program Coordinator of Special Events OCA
Rasheed Gonga, Aids Healthcare Foundation
Johnathan Paul Lucas, Hudson Pride Center Board Member
Detective Lorraine Mapps, J.C.P.D. LGBTQ+ Liaison
Community Member
Community Member
Community Member
Eduardo Baez, Co-Producers of the Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival

To view this flag raising, please CLICK HERE

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Details

Date:
August 1
Time:
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Event Categories:
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Venue

City Hall Balcony
280 Grove St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302 United States
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Phone:
(201) 547-4900
Website:
https://jerseycitynj.gov/