PLAINFIELD, NJ - A celebratory flag raising ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm at Plainfield's City Hall. Council President and Citywide At-large Councilwoman Rebecca Williams will host the event, which is being co-sponsored by the city council and the administration.
"In the shadow of the one-year anniversary of the massacre in Orlando, I think it's important for us to come together to celebrate the great strides we have made as part of the LGBT community in Plainfield and the U.S.," stated Council President Williams, the only openly gay member of the city council. "I would add, though, that even as we celebrate, we cannot take for granted the freedom that we enjoy, and we cannot forget that heinous act a year ago, which was fueled by hate and discrimination. It is fitting that we reflect upon the struggle for equality that continues, and are mindful that the LGBT community is still under attack in many corners of the U.S., whether through legislative means, through job discrimination, through poverty, through lack of health care, and through vicious physical attacks and murder."
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "As we continue to grow our City it is important that we send a message that there is no place for intolerance, hatred or discrimination of any kind. Plainfield has always celebrated our diversity, and we are proud of our inclusiveness which is a model for American freedom. I am pleased to celebrate this event with our LGBT community.”
Reverend Damaris Ortega, pastor of United Congregational Church in Plainfield, will deliver the invocation, followed by resolutions and proclamations, words from members and allies of the LGBT community in Plainfield, and the flag raising itself. The public is invited to join in the festivities.
Plainfield City Hall is located at 515 Watchung Avenue.