As Cincinnati's Pride weekend gears up to celebrate the LGBTQ community, city officials will raise the pride movement's rainbow flag up the flagpole outside Cincinnati City Hall.
It will be the first time that has happened, Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach said on social media yesterday. Seelbach, Cincinnati's first openly-gay council member, purchased a flag for the occasion — as did fellow council member Greg Landsman.
The council members say the flag raising is another sign of how far Cincinnati has come in terms of LGBTQ rights. In 1993, voters passed Article XII, an anti-gay rights law. That law came into being after the city the year prior passed a human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation as a protected class.
It took 11 years for Cincinnati City Council to repeal Article XII, which many claimed was one of the harshest anti-LGBTQ municipal laws in the U.S. Now, 15 years later, the city is spending its fifth year with a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index thanks to a raft of LGBTQ rights legislation championed by council members like Seelbach. Last year, a crosswalk in Over-the-Rhine was painted rainbow colors to celebrate LGBTQ equality.