UNION, NJ – An inaugural Pride Flag Raising Ceremony -- kicking off Pride Month, which encourages and promotes diversity, tolerance, and inclusiveness -- will be held on the steps of Town Hall on Saturday, June 1.

"I am proud to see the Township of Union taking a step forward in accepting all members of our community. We believe that it is overdue to recognize the LGBTQ community right here in our very own town," said Mayor Michele Delisfort. "Today we not only bring people together, but we recognize and stand for all members of the Township of Union by raising an inclusive pride flag."

The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. with the flag raising at 12:00 p.m.  Union Town Hall is located at 1976 Morris Avenue.

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Alongside the Township Committee, Union resident Brian Cave has volunteered his time to help plan and coordinate the flag raising ceremony.

The inclusive Pride flag is a redesign of the original PRIDE flag with two added colors, which emphasize inclusion and progression. The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent the LGBT communities of color.

During the Flag Raising ceremony, two community organizations will be present, GLSEN and Newark Pride.  They will have informational tables set up so residents can learn more and ask questions.  There will be music and a live DJ.

Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to the downtown Union Center where various merchants are offering discounts and promotions throughout the afternoon.

Some participating merchants are;

  • Cioffi's Restaurant and Pizzeria
  • Joe's Place
  • Lagar Restaurant
  • Here's the Story Bookstore
  • El Chingon Tex-Mex Restaurant
  • Magic Fountain Union Creamery
  • Nonie's Things
  • Jammed up Bakery
  • Van Gogh's Ear Café
  • Blue Ribbon Bakery
  • Norma's Flowers

For a full list of participating locations, visit uniontownship.com.