June is Pride Month—a time to celebrate the contributions of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer, + (other gender and sexual identities) (LGBTQ+) and recognize the progress to achieve equal justice and opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride activities will include a City Council proclamation on June 7, flying of the new Progressive Pride flags, and two special activities. A community planning group will host children’s story boards at the Bloomington Farmers Market, on June 19. Families can read inclusive stories with their children on large, kids-sized boards. In the late afternoon of August 14, the planning group will host a celebration on the east lawn of Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. Read the August Briefing for more details.
Have you seen the new Progressive Pride flag and wondered about the significance of the colors? This new flag includes black and brown stripes to represent people of color and those living with or who have been lost to AIDS. The white, light pink and blue represent nonbinary and transgender individuals. The main section of this flag includes the traditional LGBTQ+ flag colors. The new colors were added in a right-facing arrow shape to indicate forward movement. For more information, visit blm.mn/pride or call 952-563-8733.