Wilmington to Kick Off Pride Month Celebration with Flag Raising Ceremony in Rodney Square on June 10
Mayor Purzycki will issue a Proclamation designating the month of June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Wilmington
Mayor Mike Purzycki and Director of Cultural Affairs Tina Betz will join community and business representatives at an event in Rodney Square on Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month in Wilmington. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, during which the Mayor will issue a Proclamation designating the month of June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Wilmington.
Monday’s event will include a number of speakers, a performance by members of the local folk act Earth Radio, and culminate with the raising of the iconic Pride Flag (or rainbow flag) above Rodney Square. There are six colors of the flag. Red represents life, orange is for healing, yellow is sunshine, green means nature, blue represents harmony, and purple is spirit.
“I have spoken often about my vision for Wilmington as one of a just city,” said Mayor Purzycki. “And in a just city we treat all members of our city-wide community with equal respect. Wilmington has made great strides in this regard, and while we recognize that there is always room for improvement, we will continue to draw strength from our diversity as we work to advance the cause of civil rights for our LGBTQ citizens.”
As an example of Wilmington’s progress, Mayor Purzycki noted that the National Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) latest Municipal Equality Index (MEI) of more than 500 municipalities across all 50 states gave Wilmington a score of 87 out of 100 – the highest among eight cities and towns indexed in Delaware for the second year in a row. Milford came in second with a score of 60 out of 100. The index rates municipalities on 44 criteria in five key areas: non-discrimination laws, municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and support for equality. More information about the Municipal Equality Index can be found here https://www.hrc.org/mei.
The Mayor encouraged citizens to attend Monday’s flag-raising ceremony as well as other Pride Month events to be held in the City in June. He noted that this year’s Pride Month celebration is especially significant because it also marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City, which created the so-called gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.
Mayor Purzycki said Delaware, largely through the efforts of Equality Delaware, can proudly proclaim to be one of the leading states in the nation regarding the establishment of marriage equality. Delaware’s former Governor Jack Markell and the Delaware General Assembly first approved civil unions for same-sex couples in January of 2012 and then adopted marriage equality in July of 2013, thus allowing people of the same sex to marry nearly two years before the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June of 2015 that made it the law of the land.
Pride Month events around Wilmington include:
- “Pride Night with the Wilmington Blue Rocks,” this evening, Thursday, June 6 at Frawley Stadium, featuring a Dogfish Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the First Base Picnic Area as the Blue Rocks take on the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. The game begins at 6:35 p.m.
- Delaware Pride, Inc. will hold its Monthly Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Library, located at 2020 West 9th Street. The meeting – for community members, local businesses, community leaders and citizens in Delaware and surrounding region – will include a discussion on organizational events, previous meetings and upcoming items. The all-volunteer nonprofit Delaware Pride, Inc. works to produce social and educational events for the Delaware LGBTA community and is dedicated to promoting platforms for expressing diversity.
- Theatre N, at 1007 North Orange Street, will hold its first ever LGBT Pride Show on Thursday, June 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Miss Troy, a favorite local drag queen, the all-ages show will feature popular local acts Hoochi Coochi, Earth Radio, and Foxymoron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 in advance, $10 the day of show.
- Delaware Pride, Inc. will sponsor a Networking Happy Hour on Friday, June 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Trolley Tap House, located at 1616 Delaware Avenue. All are invited to join fellow LGBTQ+ community members and straight allies for drinks, fun and socializing. The event is free and open to the public, and the patio area is dog-friendly.
- Our Night Out, a popular monthly happy hour for the local LGBTQ community started in 2010, will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kid Sheleens Charcoal House and Saloon, 1801 West 14th Street. This FREE public event, hosted by Joe Sielski and Joshua Borin, is open to all.
For more information regarding Pride Month events visit the City of Wilmington’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/WilmingtonDEgov/events/?ref=page_internal.