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Honolulu will fly the Pride Flag throughout the month of June

HONOLULU — In honor of World Pride Month, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said the Pride Flag will be flown in front of the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building throughout the month of June.

“Raising the Pride Flag in June is a testament to our city’s continued support of the LGBTQ+ community,” Blangiardi said in a statement. “It is a visible reminder of our commitment to equality and acceptance, and a celebration of the rich diversity that strengthens our community. Let this flag inspire us to continue working towards a future where everyone is celebrated for their individuality.”

The city will fly the Progress Pride Flag, one of six commonly used LGBTQ+ Pride flags, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Progress Pride Flag includes the traditional six-stripe rainbow, with a white, pink and light blue stripe honoring the transgender community and a black and brown stripe honoring communities of color. The black stripe also represents the people lost during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Along with the Progress Pride Flag, Honolulu Hale will be illuminated in the rainbow colors of the Pride Flag from sunset on Sunday, June 23 to sunrise on June 29.

June is World Pride Month. It commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, a series of protests led by members of New York City’s gay community in 1969. The city celebrates Honolulu Pride Month every October, which coincides with National Coming Out Day (October 11) and the LGBT History Month.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke covers the Hawaiian Islands for Spectrum News Hawaii. Email her at [email protected].