The Progress Pride Flag will fly over Los Angeles County offices during June’s Pride Month under a motion unanimously approved Tuesday, March 7, by the Board of Supervisors.
The motion by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Lindsey Horvath directed the county’s Internal Services Department to raise “the Progress Pride Flag at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and Los Angeles County facilities where the American and California flags are displayed during the month of June, while we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this year and every year moving forward.”
“We are seeing anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-trans bills being passed at an alarming rate across the country,” Hahn said in a statement after the vote. “Here in Los Angeles County we’re making our position clear: in the largest county in the nation, LGBTQ+ residents have the unwavering support of their government.”
The flag of Gay Pride first flew 45 years ago on Freedom Day in San Francisco. It was created by Gilbert Baker with the input of gay activist and Supervisor Harvey Milk. With its eight brilliantly colored stripes — representing sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic and art, serenity and spirit — the banner flaunted the values and dignity of the gay community. And in its varied versions, it has done so ever since.
Recently, according to Hahn and Horvath’s motion, artist Daniel Quasar created the Progress Pride Flag as a reimagination of the original 1970s symbol. It includes black and brown stripes representing marginalized and diverse communities of color, community members lost to HIV/AIDS as well as those living with that disease. The new colors’ chevron shapes evoke “a need for forward movement,” according to the motion.
“Flying the Progress Pride Flag at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration will show LA County’s support for LGBTQ+ communities. In addition to the several ways our communities celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month,” according to the motion.