Rainbow flag will fly at Potsdam Town Hall to commemorate birth of gay rights movement 50 years ago
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:12 am

POTSDAM -- An LGBTQ Pride flag will fly at Potsdam Town Hall in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

When police raided a gay club, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, what followed that night was a riot that set off an uprising among gays nationwide, and the reverberations of the ensuing movement are still being felt today.

The Potsdam Town Council acknowledged those events at their Tuesday meeting, unanimously approving a resolution commemorating it.

The board resolved to "memorialize the historic accomplishments and recognize the continued struggles of the LGBTQ community."

Councilor Sarah Lister said she would bring in an LGBTQ rainbow flag to fly under the flags of the United States and New York State at Town Hall on June 28, the anniversary of the New York raid and the launching of the movement.

"I am excited to display the Pride Flag to honor the activists that have worked so hard to advance the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals," Lister said. "I am also hoping that the display of the flag shows LGBTQ members of our community that they are home here, that they’re welcome, and that we will work hard to make sure that their rights in our community are preserved and advanced."