To celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, San Diego State University will host a Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony to kick off San Diego Pride Week.
For the past six years, the flag has been raised by members and supporters of the LGBTQ community. Last year, uniformed military personnel participated in support of LGBTQ solidarity after the 2012 repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” military policy.
This year, three members of the Boy Scouts of America will raise the flag in honor of the recent ruling to eliminate sexual orientation as membership criterion.
The value of difference
“The intent of this event is to bring people together and educate individuals about the value of difference,” said Aaron Bruce, SDSU’s chief diversity officer.
“Diversity and inclusion are part of the core values of our university and this event supports the identities of our diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families.”
The rainbow flag has been a symbol of the LGBTQ community for more than 30 years. The colors of the rainbow are symbolic of both the unity and diversity of the LGBTQ community.
SDSU will also have a delegation for the San Diego Pride Parade and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.
The Rainbow Flag-Raising ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in front of Hepner Hall. The rainbow flag will be displayed from the Campanile Walkway flagpole in support of SDSU students, staff, faculty and the community.
The event is free and open to the public.