At first monumental, a rainbow-colored flag waving in the wind over Elk Grove Town Hall. Raised at a June 1 ceremony, the flag is a symbol of Pride Month for the gay community and its allies.
Most importantly, city leaders believe that displaying the flag emphasizes that Elk Grove is a place of love and acceptance.
“Elk Grove is a welcome city for everyone; Elk Grove thrives on its diversity.
-The Mayor of Elk Grove, Bobbie Singh-Allen
In addition, Singh-Allen called the day significant for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, interrogatory, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
This is the first time the council has approved raising the banner. The “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee” has been working for months to get the council’s unanimous approval to wave the Pride of Progress flag.
Redesign of the rainbow flag
A 2018 redesign of the 1978 rainbow flag by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar now includes black, brown, turquoise, pink, and white stripes. In addition, the added stripes represent marginalized communities of color. Those communities include transgender people, non-binary people, and people from across the spectrum of gender identity. To that end, Quasar considered additional colors to represent diversity within the LGBTQIA community.
Critics who have taken to social media to express their opinion on a popular Elk Grove Facebook page say only one flag should be hoisted: the American flag and the California state flag.
But according to DE&I Commissioner Jace Huggins, the raising of the flag is a key moment for Elk Grove.
“These are small steps,” Huggins said. “They pile up and start making snowballs.”
“Maybe one day we will live in a world where being open and authentic is not something to fear”
-Jace Huggins, Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Progressive Pride flag will fly throughout the month of June in commemoration of “Pride Month.”
Pride Month also commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were considered the spark of the country’s gay liberation movement.
Deputy Mayor Darren Suen spoke openly about how he is the father of a transgender, gay child. He said parents of LGBTQIA children can see the flag and know that there is acceptance and support for their children.
SMUD Director Rosanna Herber was the first openly LGBTQIA person on the Board. In his speech he said young people are always looking for reassuring safety symbols.
“I know what it’s like to be afraid of who you are. People may hate you or yell at you. But the world has changed for the better in many ways. I’m proud of Elk Grove. I love that the mayor and deputy mayor are here saying, you belong “.
-Rosanna Herber, SMUD Director
Elk Grove Teens
Jet Do is an 18-year-old recent graduate of Laguna Creek High School. He felt “very alone” as he grew up. As a student, I wish I could see the flag more often in schools or neighborhoods.
“I would feel better. I would see that there are other people like me,” he said.
Sixteen-year-old Lili Victoria is a high school student at Cosumnes Oaks High School. She grew up in a Christian home that considered homosexuality a sin. She said it was not easy trying to figure out her sexuality. Attending a historic Pride flag-raising event made her feel more accepted.
“The event was very moving. And it sent me the message that I’m in a welcoming community,” he said. “People are accepting it more and more. It’s normal. And it happens. And that’s fine.”
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