City sponsors flag raising and banner display through June
On Wednesday, June 1, City of Bellevue staff held a flag-raising ceremony at Fire Station 3, also livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel and recorded for on-demand viewing. The ceremony celebrated Pride Month in June and introduced a new Progress Flag to recognize the breadth and diversity of members, friends, family and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning community and non-binary (LGBTQ+). In addition to six rainbow-colored stripes, the Progress flags include black and brown stripes to represent communities of color and a blue, pink, and white chevron to represent the transgender community.
The flag raising began with brief remarks from Mayor Lynne Robinson and City Manager Brad Miyake highlighting the city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as it strives to effectively serve all residents of the city. community. The ceremony also featured remarks from community member and Associate Principal of Bellevue College at the RISE Learning Institute, Sapan Parekh.
The Progress flag will fly at City Hall and several other city facilities June 1-30, except June 17-20, when the city will fly June 19 flags.
“Recognizing Pride Month and raising the flag has become an important annual tradition for Bellevue to join our LGBTQ+ community and celebrate inclusion and diversity in our city,” Miyake said. “Beyond this visible demonstration of support, we strive every day in our municipal operations to embody the values of welcome and inclusion that are fundamental principles of our mission.”
In partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association, the city is also sponsoring Pride banners which will be hung along Grand Connection in downtown Bellevue during the month.
At the Bellevue City Council meeting on June 6, council members will proclaim June LGBTQ+ Pride Month and express their support for this community. The proclamation recognizes the significant contributions of members of the LGBTQ+ community to Bellevue’s rich and diverse history and culture.