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On Harvey Milk Day, Friday, May 22, the Pride flag was raised at City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library, and the Signal Hill Police Department. The flags will fly through June 30. We invite you to join us in celebration and check out this video of each flag raising.
The Pride Flag commemorates Harvey Milk Day, LGBTQ+ Pride month, and the contributions of the LGBTQ community. The Pride Flag was initially created by the late artist and activist Gilbert Baker in 1978 following the election of Harvey Milk. The flag was made to represent the LGBTQ community collectively. The rainbow colors are viewed as a general symbol of social equality and individuality, and a celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and unity.
Harvey Bernard Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, having served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prior to being assassinated in 1978. Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the LBGTQ rights movement and the State of California officially recognizes Harvey Milk Day as a special day of observance annually on his birthday, May 22.
LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LBGTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Learn more about the City of Signal Hill’s Commemorative Flag Policy here.