To kick off Pride month in June, members of Reading Pride Celebration, along with local leaders and residents gathered together to raise the Pride flag at flag raising ceremonies in the City of Reading and West Reading.
Both events took place Wednesday evening, first in front of City Hall in Reading, and later in front of West Reading Borough Hall.
“Reading Pride is proud to continue working with the City of Reading, which has been a strong supporter of our community through the years, and now the borough of West Reading to promote & celebrate the diversity of our communities, and work together to make them more inclusive to all,” said Enrique Castro, Jr, RPC President.
During the City of Reading ceremony, Reading Pride Celebration named State Senator Judy Schwank (D-11th) Grand Marshal for the upcoming 2022 Reading Pride Celebration Festival.
“I’m beyond honored to be named the Grand Marshal of this year’s Reading Pride Celebration,” Schwank said. “It’s an event I love attending organized by people who always make me feel welcome. The LGBTQ community in the greater Reading area is engaged and always looking for ways to bring people together. We still have all of Pride Month to look forward to, but I’m very excited for this year’s festival!”
Reading Mayor Eddie Morán added, “Reading is keeping its promise of support by raising the Pride lag at our government building as a symbol of commitment to our residents, visitors, and surrounding municipalities that there is no room for hate in Reading. We take pride in where we come from, who we are, and the diverse community that lives here. We are pioneers in the fight against discrimination, and we will continue to advance minority causes for the greater good of everyone.”
On her part, West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaag said she is proud to be able to celebrate the Pride flag raising.
“I stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community to bring awareness to discrimination, to bring change, to fight for basic human rights, and to bring a safe space for those who live, work, and enjoy West Reading. I, along with others on Council, am excited to work together with the LGBTQ+ community on making long-needed positive changes. We will continue to use our voices to promote inclusive and equal treatment for all,” said Mayor Kaag.