The LGBTQ pride flag flies at the California state capitol in Sacramento on June 17, 2019.

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LGBTQ Pride Flag Raised At California State Capitol For First Time

KCBS Radio Midday News
June 17, 2019 - 1:52 pm

The rainbow-colored LGBTQ pride flag began flying atop the California Capitol building on Monday for the first time in state history. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom requested the flag fly from until July 1 to commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month. 

“By flying the pride flag over the State Capitol, we send a clear message that California is welcoming and inclusive to all, regardless of how you identify or who you love.," said Newsom in a statement. 

Colorado and Wisconsin have also recently displayed the rainbow flag while the federal government has told U.S. embassies they many not hoist the flag. 

In the Bay Area, the decision to fly the pride flag in several small cities, including Antioch, Dublin and Walnut Creek, has engendered a vociferous debate