"During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us."
Officials from the town of Huntington (including Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Town Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman, Town Clerk Andrew Raia and Highway Supervisor Kevin Orelli) joined David Kilmnick of the LGBT Network PLUS students from Elwood John Glenn High School and Huntington High School (and others) to recognize Pride Month with a flag raising on the Huntington Village Green.
“Today, as we raise the Pride flag," stated Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, "we want to celebrate everyone’s freedom to love who they love unconditionally... June 12 marks five years that a gunman opened fire on a crowd at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding 53 marking the deadliest attack against LGBTQ plus people in the United States. This past Saturday, President Joe Biden announced his plans to make the Pulse Nightclub a national memorial to honor the victims. The House and Senate unanimously passed the legislation... Clearly there is still work to be done but…we can see that change is happening.”
"I was proud to partner with David Kilmnick and the LGBT Network," Cuthbertson later posted on Facebook, "to raise a Pride Flag in celebration of Pride Month. For this event, we were joined by students from both Elwood John Glenn and Huntington High Schools. We have chosen to celebrate Pride Month by raising a Pride Flag in Huntington’s Village Green. The Flag will fly all month as a symbol of the Town’s commitment to a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for all. We want to celebrate everyone’s freedom to love who they love unconditionally."
"This was a great opportunity," stated Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, "to officially present the Town Board's proclamation recognizing Pride Month."