Westchester County raises Pride Flag over the Michaelian office building – Pelham Examiner

Editor’s note: This press release comes from Westchester County. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases as received as a service to the community.

(White Plains, NY) – The Progress Pride Flag was once again proudly flown above the Michaelian office building in White Plains in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The Westchester County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board and Westchester County Executive George Latimer raised the flag as the community cheered during the 2024 LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Raising Ceremony.

The Progress Pride Flag is a symbol of inclusivity and unity and has been flown annually on County grounds since 2019. This tradition reflects Westchester County’s commitment to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of its community.

Latimer said, “Flying the Progress Pride flag is a powerful symbol of a united Westchester. Our province strives to be inclusive of all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We encourage all residents and allies to join us in this important celebration as we honor and uplift our LGBTQ+ community.”

LOFT CEO Judy Troilo said: “Raising the Pride flag is more than a symbolic gesture; it is a powerful statement of visibility and acceptance. It reminds us that love is universal and that every individual deserves to be seen, respected and celebrated. Pride Month is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a beacon of hope for a better, more inclusive future.”

LGBTQ advisory board member Bruno S Villazhinay Matute said, “Each year, Westchester County’s Pride Flag Raising marks our continued commitment to advancing equality and inclusivity for the LGBTQ community. This year, our advisory board is proud to honor the dedicated efforts of LGBTQ-affirming medical professionals. Their work in providing compassionate and equitable care is essential to the well-being and health of our community. By recognizing these professionals, we underscore the critical importance of healthcare equity and the need for accessible, affirming healthcare for all members of the LGBTQ community.”

The flag raising is part of WorldPride month in June, a global celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and an ongoing effort to promote equality and acceptance for all.