MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council passed a proclamation celebrating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) “Pride Month” at its Tuesday, June 18 meeting. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read the proclamation and invited Mountainside residents to attend the rainbow flag raising on June 28 at noon at the Municipal Building.

“Mountainside joins the County of Union to observe Pride Month with Pride flag raising ceremony to honor the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement and to support the rights of all citizens to experience quality and freedom from discrimination,” Mirabelli said.

The rainbow flag is a symbol for pride, inclusion, and support to for social movements that advocate LGBTQ people in society. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. LGBTQ individuals have had immeasurable impact to the cultural, civic and economic successes of our country,” the proclamation read. Mountainside “is committed to supporting visibility, dignity and equality for LGBTQ people in our diverse community,” Mirabelli said.

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The proclamation noted that while the society at large increasingly supports LGBTQ equality, further education and awareness “remains vital to end discrimination and prejudice.” Furthermore, the United States “was founded on the principle that every individual has infinite dignity and worth, and the Borough of Mountainside calls upon the people of this municipality to embrace this principle and work to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists,” the proclamation read.

The celebration of Pride Month promotes awareness and “provides support and advocacy for Union County’s LGBTQ community, and is an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue to strengthen alliances, build acceptance and advance equal rights,” Mirabelli read. He invited residents to attend the rainbow flag raising at noon on June 28 to recognize all LGBTQ residents who have influenced and contributed in making Mountainside “a vibrant community” to live, work and visit. He added that Mountainside is always striving to include all residents.

June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that sparked the LGBTQ and civil rights movement.