Hamilton County Government Buildings Will Fly Pride Flag through June

The announcement by Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus follows a similar move by the City of Cincinnati.

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As Cincinnati and surrounding communities gear up to celebrate Pride Weekend, Hamilton County government buildings will fly the rainbow pride flag through June, Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus announced yesterday.

Over decades of struggle for LGBTQ rights, the multi-color flag has come to symbolize and celebrate the diverse groups of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer. 

"Flying the rainbow flag on county flag poles sends the strong message that Hamilton County welcomes and supports our LGBTQ neighbors, family members, and employees," Driehaus said in a statement. "Leading into the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival weekend, we hope visitors and residents will look up and know that they are in a community that celebrates inclusiveness and diversity. We thank the City of Cincinnati for taking the first step and we are proud to join them."

City of Cincinnati officials earlier this week announced that City Hall will also fly a pride flag donated by Cincinnati City Councilmember Chris Seelbach. That flag will be raised at 11 a.m. today.

The county's flags were donated by county employees.  

Check out the full calendar of Cincinnati pride events ahead of tomorrow's Pride Parade.

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