The Inaugural PRIDE Flag Raising Ceremony will take place on June 1, 2022 at 9 a.m. in front of Ridgefield City Hall (400 Main Street).
June is Pride Month and to kick things off, Ridgefield CT Pride with Ridgefield Allies, Ridgefield’s first coach Rudy Marconi, State Representative Aimee Berger-Girvalo and State Senators Will Haskell and Julie Kushner and others will raise the Pride Progress flag which will fly high in front of City Hall for the month of June.
Head Coach Rudy Marconi commented, “By displaying the Pride Progress Flag at Ridgefield Town Hall during Pride Month, Ridgefield is celebrating the LGBTQIA+ members of our community and showing solidarity with the ongoing struggles for human rights and human dignity.
A myriad of other Pride events will take place in Ridgefield throughout the month, including Ridgefield’s annual Pride in the Park on June 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a walk around the park starting at 1 p.m.
The Pride Progress flag was created by American Daniel Quasar in 2018 as a more inclusive variation of the Rainbow apartment which has long been a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Progress Flag features the 6 colors of the internationally recognized rainbow flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple), plus five new colors (pink, white, turquoise, brown and black) to represent and increase the visibility of the marginalized. groups within the LGBTQIA+ community. The five new colors are arranged in the form of a right-pointing chevron, both for prominence and to point to the future. All colors have meanings:
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = new ideas
Green = prosperity
Blue = Serenity
Violet = Spirit
White/Pink/Turquoise = Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people
Brown/Black = People of color
Pride of Ridgefield CT is a non-profit organization that was created to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community, to educate, promote awareness, understanding and acceptance of this community; and to provide support to LGBTQ+ people and their allies.
In addition to hosting Ridgefield’s annual Pride in the Park celebration, Ridgefield CT Pride also runs two monthly support groups that serve the CT and NY communities. The LGBTQ+ youth group meets on the first Monday of the month and offers support to LGBTQ+ youth. The second group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and is designed to support family and friends of people in the LGBTQ community. During Covid meetings are being held virtually and the family group is a joint meeting with Waterbury PFLAG.
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Ridgefield Allies is an organization taking action in the fight for racial justice in our community.