ELIZABETH, NJ - The rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and independence, flies high once again at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month. 

On Friday afternoon Union County Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Sergio Granados joined Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator Danni Newbury and local elected officials at the second annual Union County LGBTQ Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on the steps of the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. 

The flag raising ceremony featured a tribute to the early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson, a 1963 graduate of Elizabeth High School, highlighting her insistence on the urgency of advancing civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. 

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Wesley McWhite lll, Policy and HIV Counselor for the Hyacinth Aids Foundation, was the Guest Speaker for the event.  

Students from Elizabeth’s Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy A Capella Choir participated at this year's event by singing the National Anthem and performing “Seasons of Love” while the Rainbow Flag was raised.