HACKENSACK, NJ – The county will mark LGBTQ Pride Month in June with a celebration and flag raising ceremony in Hackensack. 

The event, which is being hosted by County Executive James Tedesco III and the Freeholder Board, will be held on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bergen County Administration Building, One Bergen County Plaza.

The county held its first flag-raising ceremony in 2016 as a way to “honor the history and the progress of the gay rights movement,” Tedesco said at the time.

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It also serves as a way to “celebrate this important group within the Bergen County family,” to “stand in solidarity against bigotry, violence and discrimination,” and “to reaffirm our commitment to equal rights for all,” the county executive said.

Within Bergen County, several communities, including Glen Rock and Ridgewood host similar events to honor Pride Month, which celebrates people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ). Many towns schedule events or programs to help promote LGBTQ equality, build community and encourage diversity.