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Detroit honors LGBTQ Pride Month with annual flag raising in Spirit Plaza
The City of Detroit is flying the rainbow pride flag high over Spirit Plaza this year to honor LGBTQ Pride Month. This year’s flag-raising, led by Police Chief James Craig, city officials and LGBT leaders in Detroit coincides with activities leading up to the Motor City Pride Festival June 8-9 at Hart Plaza. Flying the flag for LGBTQ Pride Month is part of the City of Detroit’s ongoing support of an inclusive, welcoming city for all.
“In Detroit, it shouldn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, cisgender or transgender, we are a welcoming city where everyone is valued and deserves access to real opportunity,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We are proud to be building a diverse city that includes our LGBT residents and celebrates the contributions they make to our city every day.”
The flag-raising ceremony is the first event of an effort to celebrate Detroit’s inclusive legacy and future for its LGBT residents. Throughout the month of June, the city will celebrate Detroit’s rich LGBT history and culture, its long-standing anti-discrimination laws and steps taken in recent years to improve LGBT community relations, such as the creation of the Detroit Police Department’s LGBT Liaison.
“For years, Detroit has been a leader in protecting our LGBT employees and residents. We were one of the first major cities to put protections in place for sexual orientation in the 1970s, and again for gender identity in the 2000s,” said Charity Dean, director of Detroit’s Office of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity. “There is more work to do, but I am proud to celebrate our history and our progress during Pride Month, and I am eager to continue this progress in the years to come.”
The City of Detroit will also be represented at Motor City Pride again this year, with city employees marching in the parade on Sunday and setting up informational booths at the festival to inform residents of city services and initiatives that may impact them. City employees will also be attending events in the community to raise awareness of the city’s services and initiatives for residents.
Highlighting LGBTQ Detroiters with #pridetroit
The city will continue the tradition of highlighting everyday stories of LGBTQ Detroiters through Detroit’s storytelling platform The Neighborhoods, using the hashtag #pridetroit. In past years, The Neighborhoods featured stories about investing in the LGBTQ community, safe spaces in Detroit, and profiles of LGBTQ leaders in government and around the city.
#pridetroit content can be found at TheNeighborhoods.org, Comcast Channel 21, a City of Detroit cable channel, and the City’s YouTube channel.
About Motor City Pride
Motor City Pride is a two day festival that runs Saturday, June 8 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm and Sunday, June 9, from Noon to 7:00pm. One of the highlights of the festival is the annual parade that steps off at noon from the corner of Griswold and Fort Streets. In addition to the parade, the festival will have a family area with youth activities and five stages of entertainment, featuring over 150 performers. The festival will also have over 140 vendors and exhibitors to connect the community to LGBTQ welcoming companies and organizations providing services for the community. Motor City Pride draws more than 30,000 people downtown to celebrate the advancements and encourage unity in support of full equality for all members of the LGBT community.
Festival schedules and information can be found at www.motorcitypride.org