Philly Pride, Transgender flags fly from state Capitol for first time ever

Justin Udo
June 10, 2019 - 3:15 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time ever, the Philly Pride and Transgender flags are flying high above the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced Monday he is flying the flags from the balcony of his office in the Capitol building for the duration of LGBT Pride Month.

"It's important to acknowledge how important this community is to not only Pennsylvania, but to the country," he said. "To acknowledge the adversity they deal with on a daily basis."

Fetterman said Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration established the first LGBTQ commission in the country, but they still have a lot of work to do.

"You can be fired, you can be denied housing, you can be denied basic services based on how you identify, who you love," he noted. "There is still a long way to go in terms of LGBTQ rights here in Pennsylvania."

In 2013, when Fetterman was the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, he went against Pennsylvania state law at the time and performed a number of same-sex marriages. "All people are created equal, and we in Pennsylvania have to keep pushing for that."

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Fetterman hopes the flags are a small way of showing support for a community that is often maligned.

"It just demonstrates that this is important," he continued, "and this is part of the struggle that we're all going to look back on and realize it never should have been a struggle in the first place. These rights and protections should be afforded to everybody, and we need to get there in Pennsylvania."