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Political Notes: Bay Area cities celebrate Pride Month

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Cities around the Bay Area are marking the start of Pride Month this week with flag raising ceremonies and preparing to celebrate with their LGBTQ residents at various events throughout June.

A number of California cities and counties are also marking the first statewide Queer and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islanders Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday.Leaders in the South Bay city of Morgan Hill got a jumpstart to the annual Pride Month observances by raising the Progress Pride flag at their City Hall Saturday, May 21.

Unveiled in June 2018 by nonbinary designer Daniel Quasar, that version of the rainbow flag includes a chevron with the colors of the transgender flag, as well as brown and black stripes to denote people of color.In attendance were gay Morgan Hill City Councilmember René Spring and Ivan Rosales Montes, a gay man on the city's public school district board.

Mayor Rich Constantine helped Spring raise the flag a day prior to Harvey Milk Day, observed annually in California as a day of special significance on the birthday of the state's first out gay elected official."Thank you all who came out for the Morgan Hill Pride flag raising ceremony today!

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