Pride Flag Raising Comments (2020)
Thank you all for attending New Britain’s 2020 Pride Flag Raising ceremony, and a special thank you to our (elected officials), Mayor, the Police/Fire Department, members of the Common Council for attending and participating in today’s celebration.
I would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment — right off the top — to remember the over five dozen members of the transgender community- many who were black — who have been murdered just in the last three years. There are many more that go unreported, but here is just a few of the many brothers and sisters we have lost:
- Monika Diamond, 34
- Serena Ramos, 32
- Nina Pop, 28
- Dana Martin, 31
- Jordan Cofer, 22
- Sasha Wall, 29
- Nino Forston, 36
Let’s take a minute of silence to remember these individuals and re-commit ourselves to the notion that our work as a nation is never complete, as we aim to become a “More perfect union.”
[Moment of Silence]
We kick off New Britain’s Second Annual Pride Week in quite a different environment. It has been just over 1,000 days since New Britain Pride was born outside the Stonewall Inn, and I’m so proud of the work that this community group has done to spread understanding for the LGBTQ+ community through various pride celebrations, advocacy opportunities, and educational engagements.
This week is about our community coming together and having an impact on our City. As history has shown us; change only successfully occurs when individuals come together in open dialogue and become engaged with society. We want the greater New Britain community to become involved no matter your affiliation — go and drop us a like and follow, @NewBritainPride!
As I mentioned, this year is going to be slightly different than years past — Thanks Coronavirus.
- Today, we raise the flag.
- Tomorrow is our virtual Pride & Politics tri-partisan panel and voter enrollment drive.
- Wednesday, our Common Council is going to adopt the annual pride resolution, in which they will endorse the Equality Act.
- Lastly — Later this year (hopefully), we are going to be hosting an LGBTQ+ art gallery reception at Gallery 66, and CCSU is going to host a ribbon-cutting for the new Pride Crosswalk which is going to be installed on campus.
In closing, I am reminded of Margaret Mead’s famous quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Now, Let’s get work, raise this flag, and celebrate!
Remarks as prepared to be given on Monday, June 8, 2020 @9:30am.