The Pride flag that was flown next to the Executive Office building for the first time on June 10, 2019 will be donated to Montgomery History which is the County’s officially designated historical society.
Councilmember Evan Glass, who is the county’s first LGBTQ+ councilmember led the historic flag raising. A series of inaugural Pride events were also put in place to recognize the diversity of the local LGBTQ+ community.
“We live in a beautifully diverse community and the Pride flag is a symbol and reminder of the ongoing civil rights struggle for members of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Councilmember Glass. “Today, more than ever, every resident of Montgomery County deserves to feel safe living their lives as they truly are. I am proud to donate this historic symbol so that years from now, residents of Montgomery County can reflect upon the progress we have made.”
According to a press release, Councilmember Glass will present the Pride flag at the 14th annual Montgomery County History Conference on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus’ Bioscience Education Center.
“The Pride flag that flew over the County Office Building represents a significant milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in Montgomery County,” said Matt Logan, executive director of Montgomery History. “It is an icon that celebrates inclusivity and diversity, values espoused by the current County Council and County Executive. Councilmember Evan Glass’ election as the first openly gay councilmember further underscores the significance of this flag. Montgomery History is adding it to our permanent artifact collection as it will enable future generation to understand the values and political climate of Montgomery County in the first quarter of the 21st century.”