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Pride and transgender flags will be raised at Vancouver City Hall: councillor

Last Updated Jun 26, 2019 at 10:51 pm PST

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Surrey may not be raising the pride flag at City Hall, but a city councillor is ensuring it's hoisted in Vancouver

Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung says by refusing to raise the flag, Surrey is sending the wrong message to LGBTQ people

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –While some cities across the Lower Mainland are refusing to fly the pride flag, one city councillor wants to make sure it’s raised at Vancouver City Hall.

Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung says it’s disappointing the City of Surrey has declined flying the rainbow flag due to its ‘flag policy.’

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“It’s really important — just like we support our Indigenous communities — to have visible demonstration showing that pride really in who we are, and the fact that we celebrate and we value diversity,” she says. “I think when you choose not to do that, it sends the wrong message.”

She says while some cities are refusing to hoist the flag, Vancouver needs to support the LGBTQ community.

“Municipalities in the Lower Mainland have stated recently they would not be flying the pride flag, and that concerned me,” she says. “We’r e not supporting our LGBTQ two-spirit community, and I wanted to make sure Vancouver maintains its tradition.”

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She adds with a number of recent events against SOGI 123, it’s important for Vancouver to promote inclusion.

Both the pride and the trans flag will be flown at Vancouver City Hall on July 19th.