In honor of Pride Month, the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, will be flown this week at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (one's sexual or gender identity) Americans.
“In Scottsdale you can be yourself, without the fear of hate and persecution,” said Mayor David D. Ortega.
"The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to celebrate Pride month and the many employees, residents and visitors in the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Diversity Program Director Jackie Johnson. “It is important to respect, support and learn from all people. Scottsdale’s anti-discrimination ordinance sends a clear message that we protect the rights of all people and being your true self should never impact the way you are treated.”
On April 20, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
The ordinance was adopted on May 20 and represents the city of Scottsdale’s commitment to anti-discrimination and fair treatment of residents, visitors and employees in the Scottsdale community, and the City Council’s support and value for diversity and inclusiveness.
Scottsdale is a community for all people. We encourage city residents to share the ways you are celebrating Pride Month using #ScottsdaleForAll.
The meaning behind each color of the Pride flag:
Red – Life
Orange – Healing
Yellow – Sunlight
Green – Nature
Blue – Serenity
Purple – Spirit