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City Hall Flies Rainbow Flag to Stand with LGBTQ+ Community

June 17, 2019 – The City of Highland Park raised the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag in June in honor of Pride Month and will display the flag throughout the summer. A proclamation declaring June, as Pride Month in Highland Park will be read on Monday, June 24 at the Regular Meeting of the City Council. 

“Highland Park is a community vested in inclusivity. We stand together against prejudice and hate,” stated Mayor Nancy Rotering. “We stand as allies to the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting their voice as we fly the rainbow flag. It is but one way to demonstrate our city’s values and act as champions for this community within a community.” 

The City chose the new rainbow flag with black and brown stripes as seen in Philadelphia, PA for its Pride campaign. This flag was developed as part of the More Color More Pride campaign, which aims to make non-white LGBTQ+ people more visible. In 1978, artist Gilbert Baker designed the original rainbow flag. It is an iconic symbol of LGBTQ+ unity. The campaign states “the stripes were not chosen for skin color but rather to reflect the spectrum of color in nature.”