Celebration begins with the raising of the rainbow flag, which will fly for the month of October.
Philadelphia, October 2, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosted the fifth annual Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The rainbow flag will be flown next to the United States flag and the City flag for the month of October in honor of LGBT History Month.
“As a symbol of our City’s steadfast commitment to equality for all, the rainbow flag will fly during the month of October,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am proud that Philadelphia has such a strong LGBT community and that it has been recognized as being the best big city in the country for LGBT equality. I am a lifelong advocate and supporter of Philadelphia’s LGBT citizens and will continue to fight for just and equal treatment of LGBT individuals. We have made great progress in recent months, but there is still more work to do.”
At this year’s flag raising ceremony, the City spotlighted several community organizations:
- Mazzoni Center, marking 35 years of service;
- GALAEI, marking 25 years of service;
- Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, celebrating 15 years of pride and community; and
- The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League, for 5 years of sport and community.