All 12 Hudson County municipalities, along with the county government, will raise the rainbow flag to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month, officials said today.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“As our nation continues to rebuild after four years of hateful and divisive rhetoric, the Hudson County Democratic Organization has remained committed to building an organization that embraces the differences that make our county so special,” HCDO Chair Amy DeGise said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to making this an annual tradition where we come together to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community and push for a more inclusive society.”
Bayonne, Guttenberg, Hudson County, Harrison, Secaucus, Weehawken, West New York, and Union City held flag raising ceremonies today, North Bergen raised their Pride Flag on Friday, and Hoboken raised their flag on Saturday.
The remaining municipalities have events scheduled for later this month.
Hudson County, which was the first county in New Jersey to raise the Pride Flag in 2003, raised its flag on Monday afternoon with County Executive Tom DeGise, Amy DeGise, as well as LGBTQ Caucus Co-Chairs Mike DeFusco and Dan DeSalvo all in attendance.
“I am incredibly proud to see the pride flag raised above every municipality in our county, a first for New Jersey and very likely our country,” DeFusco, the Hoboken 1st Ward councilman who also attended the Weehawken and Hudson County ceremonies, said in a statement.
“The flag is not just a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, but of diversity, togetherness and inclusion for all people and this initiative is a testament to the commitment of our county and municipal leaderships to embrace those core values.”