County Raises Rainbow Flag to Kick Off Pride Month

Montgomery County raised a pride flag at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring Wednesday morning marking the start of Pride Month. Throughout June, there will be activities scheduled, and the rainbow flag will be raised atop several flagpoles, both at county buildings and private companies.

Evan Glass, the first openly LGBTQ+ individual to serve on county council, said he was thankful that Montgomery County is such a welcoming community. “It just fills me with pride,” he said.

The county is hosting its second Pride in the Plaza festival on June 26 at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring. Pride in the Plaza is a week-long celebration of the county’s LGBTQ+ communities. All events are free.

“We are thrilled to host Pride in the Plaza again in 2022,” said Melvin Cauthen, administrator for the County’s HIV/STI program and Pride in the Plaza steering committee member. “This year, we have expanded to a whole week of events, and more importantly, we are building partnerships that will continue to connect and support LGBTQ+ communities far beyond Pride Month.”

To encourage residents to attend multiple events, the county created a “Passport to Pride.” Those who attend and get their passports stamped at three or more Pride in the Plaza events will be entered to win prizes. The passport can be found online here or picked up at any Pride in the Plaza event.

Also planned is Pride Family Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11.

The City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission will celebrate the sixth annual Rockville Pride with a virtual event on June 5  and a celebration in Rockville Town Square Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26.

Takoma Pride – Just Say Gay! will be held June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a rainbow flower selfie station.


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