WEST CALDWELL, NJ — For the first time West Caldwell celebrated Pride Month by raising the Pride Flag outside of the West Caldwell Public Library this past Saturday. The rainbow flag is representative of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pride. The original pride flag was inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” and flew for the first time at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978 and was created by Gilbert Baker.
Councilman Michael Docteroff stated: “For the last six years West Caldwell has proudly displayed PRIDE books and flags inside the library. This year, Mayor Tempesta and the Township Council accepted a request to hang a PRIDE flag outside the main entrance to the library”.
The request came from mother of four, Christine Clark an advocate for environmental reform and grass roots organizer, who donated the flag to the town to display outdoors. Mayor Tempesta stated that the flag will be displayed into the month of July. In addition to Tempesta, Council President Kathy Canale, Councilman Michael Docteroff, Councilman Joseph Cecere and Library Director Samantha McCoy joined the ceremony.
Docteroff went on to say: “The West Caldwell Governing Body could not be prouder for increasingly recognizing Pride. West Caldwell Township is one of the four of thirteen towns in the 26th Legislative district to now hang the Pride flag outside, letting LGBTQ residents know they are seen, loved and accepted.”