UPDATE: The flag-raising was washed out on Tuesday night. It will now be held tonight, Wednesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The Verona Town Council will hold a flag-raising ceremony at the civic center tonight, Tuesday, June 7, to mark its designation of June as Pride Month in Verona. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will include kids crafts, student speakers, music, ice cream and more.
Many U.S. cities and towns have come to recognize June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month after the June 1969 riot that happened in New York City when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Uprising, as it has come to be known, became a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Pride Month now encompasses gay and non-binary people, as well as their allies, and is often referred to with the acronym LGBTIQA+.
If it rains tonight, Verona’s events will be moved to tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8.
Also for Pride Month, on June 15, the Verona Public Library will hold a Zoom webinar on gender identity and pronouns, presented by Dr. Monica Taylor, a Verona resident who is the is the director of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Montclair State University and a professor in its Department of Educational Foundations. You can register for the webinar here.