Rainbow flag raised at city hall for Saskatoon Pride Festival

PoliticsShould We Let Police and Problematic Corporations March in Pride Parades? Written by Daniel Villarreal

Flag designer Tierney and the Office of LGBT Affairs have developed a website where people can download the flag for free.

According to a January report by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, bars in Philadelphia's historically gay neighborhood, called the "Gayborhood", turned away a number of black customers for not complying with the dress code.

The flag was unveiled at a recent Pride Month kick-off event in Philadelphia as part of a new campaign, More Color More Pride, which aims to recognize nonwhite LGBT communities as part of the broader pride movement, starting with the most visible and widely-recognized symbol of the LGBT community.

Hikes, a black queer woman, said there is a presumption among gay white men that the rainbow flag already represents everyone. "Whether we're talking about racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or transphobia, people (regardless of race, class, and geography) are afraid of what they do not know".

The latter Hikes said is vastly needed in every community; but it's up to LGBT members of those communities to continue to fuel the charge - without fear.

A group of activists interrupted the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, demanding parade organizers address issues of police brutality, mass incarceration, and the increasingly corporate nature of the annual event. "Right off the bat, it has absolutely started a conversation, certainly in this city and beyond", she told CNN.

"The rainbow flag is the single most recognizable icon for the LGBTQ community", a video for the campaign says. Yet communities across the country are divided.

"Celebrate Pride by not suspending trans peoples' accounts when they change their name on Facebook before they decide if they even want to update legal documents", one user wrote. "But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community".

"There's a lot going on for the Calgary Pride Festival this year, most notably our move to 6th Ave and Prince's Island Park, and we hope all Calgarians will join us" says Jason Kingsley, President and Executive Producer for Calgary Pride.

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