First Permanent Rainbow Flag To Be Flown On Federal Land

First Permanent Rainbow Flag To Be Flown On Federal Land

Even as the Trump administration lobs grenades at the LGBTQ community by rescinding Obama-era protections for trans people in the workplace and issuing “religious liberty” executive orders meant to undermine advances in LGBTQ rights, good news arrives that for the first time a rainbow Pride flag will permanently fly over federal land beginning October 11.

This coming Wednesday at noon, the international symbol for the LGBT community will be raised above the Stonewall National Monument in Manhattan. The flag will be maintained by the National Park Service.

The Stonewall National Monument is the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBT rights and history. The Obama administration awarded the designation on June 24, 2016.

The raising of the flag falls on the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington for LGBT rights in 1987, when hundreds of thousands of people gathered to call for an end to discrimination as well as more federal funding for AIDS research and treatment.