All 12 Hudson County municipalities will raise the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag during the month of June.
According to a press release, the effort, spearheaded by the Hudson County Democratic Organization and the LGBTQ+ Caucus, is being done to display Hudson County as a welcoming and accepting community, regardless of who they love, the color of their skin, or the religion they practice.
“As our nation continues to rebuild after four years of hateful and divisive rhetoric, the Hudson County Democratic Organization has remained committed to building an organization that embraces the differences that make our county so special,” said HCDO Chairwoman Amy DeGise. “We are looking forward to making this an annual tradition where we come together to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community and push for a more inclusive society.”
Bayonne, Guttenberg, Harrison, Secaucus, Weehawken, West New York, and Union City held flag raising ceremonies on Monday, June 8. North Bergen raised its Pride Flag on Friday, June 4 and Hoboken raised the flag on Saturday, June 5. The remaining municipalities have events scheduled for later this month.
Hudson County, which was the first county in New Jersey to raise the Pride Flag in 2003, raised its flag on Monday afternoon with Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Chairwoman Amy DeGise, and LGBTQ Caucus Co-Chairs Mike DeFusco and Dan DeSalvo.
“I am incredibly proud to see the pride flag raised above every municipality in our county, a first for New Jersey and very likely our country,” said DeFusco. “The flag is not just a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, but of diversity, togetherness and inclusion for all people and this initiative is a testament to the commitment of our county and municipal leaderships to embrace those core values.”