A large pink triangle is seen behind a rainbow flag during a gay pride celebration on June 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

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Dublin City Council Rejects Displaying Rainbow Flag During LGBTQ Pride Month

Jenna Lane
May 23, 2019 - 10:28 am

When the city of Dublin celebrates LGBTQ Pride next month, it will do so without flying the rainbow flag at City Hall.

Dublin's City Council unanimously agreed to declare June to be LGBTQ Pride Month, but a second proposal, to fly the rainbow flag of pride for one day, failed with many public commenters opposing it. 

"In order to be fair, we will need Christian, Jewish, Muslim and atheist pride months. Inner and Outer Mongolian pride months," said one man, who spoke in opposition. 

Councilmember Jean Josey changed her mind and voted for the rainbow flag. 

"Because it is so obvious that still, in 2019, this particular community is so subjected to hate speech and actions on a daily basis," said Josey. 

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Councilmember Shawn Kumagai, who introduced both ideas, thought the public comment might not have been complete. 

"For some in the LGBTQ community, they do not feel safe doing that, so I do feel that their voices were not fully represented in that conversation,"Kumagai said. 

He says as the Tri-Valley's first openly gay councilmember, he is glad to represent them. And he looks forward to discussing flag-flying policy at a future meeting.