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City Hall flag-raising marks start of Pride Month

City Council President Amanda Bakay speaks at the Pride flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on Friday, June 1, 2023. (Photo: Brian Nguyen | Lancaster Pride)

From right, the Pride flag, U.S. flag and Pennsylvania flag fly outside Lancaster city hall on Friday, June 1, 2023. (Photo: Brian Nguyen | Lancaster Pride)

“It is important that we are all together and holding fast to each other at this time,” Lancaster City Council President Amanda Bakay told those gathered Thursday for the raising of the LGBTQ+ flag at City Hall. “We need to stand together.”

The commemoration, held Thursday to mark the start of Pride Month, was organized in partnership with Lancaster Pride, a local advocacy group.

Bakay, emphasized Lancaster’s commitment to tolerance and inclusion and the importance of making LGBTQ+ members of the community feel “loved, protected and safe.”

Lancaster Pride President Tiffany Shirley, left, and City Council President Amanda Bakay.(Photo: Brian Nguyen | Lancaster Pride)

Held annually in June, Pride Month “serves as an opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of identity, to find community and to showcase resilience in the face of hate,” Lancaster Pride said in a statement.

Lancaster Pride President Tiffany Shirley outlined a list of Pride Month events, including the Lancaster Pride Festival, which will take place at the Lancaster County Convention Center starting at noon on Saturday, June 17.

“We’re really excited for bigger and better things this year,” she said.

Local Pride Month events

June 2 (First Friday): Art Shows at LancLiving Realty and EsoArts Lancaster PLUS a release party for Pride Beer, 5 to 9 p.m., Our Town Brewery.

Pride Beer will be available at the following locations:

  • Lancaster Marriott
  • Tellus360 x Lancaster Recreation Commission – Beer Gardens
  • Zoetropolis
  • Shot & Bottle
  • Per Diem
  • The Fridge

June 4: Pride Float

June 11: Pet Parade, Buchanan Park. Registration: 10:30 a.m. Parade:11:15 a.m.

June 14: Keystone Business Alliance and Lancaster Pride Mixer, 6 to 8 p.m., The Pressroom

June 15: Lancaster Changemakers Pride Poetry, 7 p.m., The Loop

June 16: Pre-Pride Festival White Party (Palm Springs themed), 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Imperial Restaurant

June 17: 15th Annual Lancaster Pride Festival 12 noon to 7 p.m. After-party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

June 22: Celebrity Bartending fundraiser, Decades, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

June 24: Pride Pool Party, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Lancaster Rec Center

Source: Lancaster Pride