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City of Hamilton to hold Pride and Trans flag raising ceremony June 16 in honour of Pride Month

HAMILTON, ON - June 7, 2017 – The City of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee is hosting a Pride and Trans Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, June 16 from 7 to 8 pm in the forecourt of Hamilton City Hall. The rainbow Pride and Trans Pride flags will fly at City Hall until the end of June.

An ASL interpreter will be on hand at the ceremony. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Quick Facts

  • On March 8, 2017, the City of Hamilton passed the Protocol for Gender Identity and Gender Expression; Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons. The City developed a protocol that includes ensuring all individuals have the right to access gender segregated facilities in accordance with their self-identified gender identity.

"The City of Hamilton is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive environment. This ceremony is part of a worldwide celebration of humanity, acceptance, education and diversity. We are proud to partake in that celebration.” -  Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“Hamilton has much to celebrate this Pride Month.  A key example is the Transgender Protocol.  In March, we implemented the Trans Protocol in order to create full equality for citizens in all City services and buildings, without discrimination on the basis of gender expression or gender identity.  The Globe & Mail described the Trans Protocol as “leading edge” human rights law.  As the first openly gay politician elected in Hamilton, I am honoured to be working to move the City forward on all equity issues.” - Councillor Aidan Johnson 

Celebrate Pride in June - flag raising in front of City Hall