A month after the Huntington Beach City Council voted to stop flying a rainbow flag at its City Hall, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took the opposite stance.
The five-member board voted unanimously Tuesday to fly the Progreso Pride flag at county offices every day in June in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
Lindsey Horvath, District 3 Supervisor, said the “deliberate exclusion of the flag” by local cities, presumably referring to Huntington Beach, was “disturbing and concerning” to the community.
“As the LGBTQ+ community is under attack,” Horvath said in a cheep, “LA will loudly and proudly stand behind our community. Period.”
The motion was drafted jointly by Horvath and board chair Janice Hahn.
Referencing anti-LGBTQ+ bills being passed “at an alarming rate” nationwide, Hahn said: “In the nation’s largest county, LGBTQ+ residents have the unwavering support of their government.”
Hahn paid tribute to former San Francisco County Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was California’s first gay man elected to public office and who commissioned the first Pride flag in the 1970s.
The updated Progress Pride flag, designed in 2018 by Daniel Quasar, adds more colors to the rainbow. Five new colors, appearing in a chevron on the left side of the flag, represent LGBTQ+ people of color and the trans community, Hahn said.