North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and Commissioner Julio Marenco were joined at Town Hall by Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco on Friday to raise the LGBTQ flag.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Today’s ceremony is more than just a flag being raised, it recognizes the contributions of the LGBTQ community and the struggles faced in the fight for equality,” Sacco said in a statement.
“Hate and intolerance have no place in North Bergen and our residents should know that they will not be discriminated against for loving whomever they love.”
The ceremony took place on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that launched the gay rights movement.
“North Bergen has always been a welcoming place for people from many different cultures and backgrounds, and the LGBTQ community is no exception,” added Marenco. “Raising the Pride Flag sends a message that everyone is valued here in our community and I am proud to have been part of this historic event.”
June is Pride Month, which celebrates the history of the LGBTQ community and promotes equality and social justice.
The Town of North Bergen rose the rainbow flag in an effort to make sure all of their residents feel welcomed and included, without living in fear over who they choose to love.
“I am proud to have raised the Pride Flag in North Bergen alongside Mayor Sacco to continue promoting love and equality in our communities,” DeFusco stated.
“We’ve made incredible progress in Hoboken to build a city that is accepting of everyone. Mayor Sacco has always been a true friend for equality and I look forward to working together to continue the conversations that make Hudson County more inclusive and welcoming to everyone.”