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Iowa City to hang banners in recognition of Pride Month

Pride banners in Iowa City. (Courtesy of City of Iowa City)
Pride banners in Iowa City. (Courtesy of City of Iowa City)

IOWA CITY — Iowa City will show its Pride during June.

The COVID-19 pandemic means the 50th Iowa City Pride anniversary celebration won’t take place in person, but virtual events still are planned, Iowa City Equity Director Stefanie Bowers said. In addition to those online celebrations, Pride banners will go up in Iowa City for Pride Month.

“The flag reminds us of the sacrifices made by activists involved in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement,” Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague said in a statement.

“For the past 50 years, Iowa City has led the way in this fight toward full inclusivity and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. As mayor, and a part of the LGBTQ+ family, I am beyond honored to fly this indelible icon, not only at City Hall, but through the streets of Iowa City in commemoration of 50 years of Pride in Iowa City.”

Pride banners will be displayed along Washington, Wade and Williams streets. A Pride flag will be hung on the flagpole in front of City Hall, Bowers said.

Pride month traditionally has been celebrated nationwide in June in recognition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots following a police raid at a gay bar by New York City. In 1970, the University of Iowa’s Gay Liberation Front participated in University of Iowa’s Homecoming parade.

Iowa City is one of the few cities in the United States to have been involved in LGBTQ civil rights for 50 years, Bowers said.

“Iowa City Pride could not be here and could not have grown into the organization it is today without the determination, fight and support of our community,” Iowa City Pride President Tony Sivanthaphanith has in a statement. “We are forever thankful.

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“Pride has many different meanings to all of us in the community: What started as a protest and fight for rights, to celebrations of those struggles, to coming out and accepting ourselves and others. This year, we might not be able to celebrate in person, but we can still celebrate together.”

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