The lamp posts outside City Hall will also shine in rainbow lights beginning that evening and will last for the duration of June.
“I am honored to commemorate my first Pride Month as Mayor,” said Bhalla. “It’s a symbolic act, but it’s important to understand how far the LGBTQ community has come in fighting for equal protection under the law as we continue the work of unraveling centuries of legalized discrimination.”
This year’s flag raising will include several speakers including Bhalla, retired Sergeant Major Jennifer Long, and the executive director of Hudson Pride Center Michael Billy.
At the flagraising, Billy will announce details about Hoboken’s role in the Hudson Pride festivities in August.
“The events of Pride Month exemplify the strength and growth of our LGBTQ+ and allied community,” said Billy. “This year, for the first time ever, the city of Hoboken will officially kick off Pride Month in Hudson County. Hoboken Pride emphasizes the importance of diversity in our community, making it stronger and more accepting of all individuals and their contributions to society.”
Last month Hoboken approved an ordinance creating gender-neutral bathrooms for all single occupancy restrooms protecting restroom access for transgender and gender non-binary individuals.