June marks the return of Pride Month, a celebration of the history and diversity of the Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and questioning communities (2SLGBTQ+).

Today the Progress Pride flag was raised at City Hall. The Progress Pride flag combines the original multi-coloured rainbow flag and the transgender pride flag to re-imagine a flag that recognizes and values all parts of the modern 2SLGBTQ+ community. Artist Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized 2SLGBTQ+ communities of colour, community members lost to HIV/AIDS and those currently living with AIDS. The chevron represents a need for forward movement.

The City of Kitchener is committed to supporting members of all identities and recognizes the importance of centring voices that have been historically left out of conversations and decision-making. We believe the Progress Pride flag is a powerful representation of these values. We proudly raise the flag at City Hall with the understanding that it is a small symbol of our commitment to continue building a more inclusive and equitable city.

There are so many great events and activities happening across Kitchener and Waterloo Region to celebrate Pride. Check out OurSpectrum.com and community calendars for details. Happy Pride Month!

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic on behalf of Kitchener Council