Will Monroe County recognize Rochester Pride Week?

June 14, 2018 07:54 AM

There will be some color added to the Monroe County Office Building next month.

County officials told News10NBC a rainbow flag will fly outside of the building to recognize Rochester Pride Week. This comes after years of denying the request.

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County officials did not say why exactly they changed their minds, but in a statement, a county spokesman said," Monroe County will be flying a Pride flag in front of the County Office Building during Rochester Pride Week, July 14th through the 22nd."

Democratic county legislators have been sending letters to the county executive asking to fly the flag since 2013. In the past, the request has been denied because the county says they don't fly flags for specific causes.

Democratic leader Cindy Kaleh sent the latest letter asking County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to raise the Pride flag, spreading a message of inclusiveness and equality to the LGBTQ+ community.

"It's not a partisan issue," Kaleh said. "It's about people that are on both sides of the aisle. The LGBTQ+ community ranges in all types of political backgrounds, they aren't all Democrats, not all Conservatives or Republicans."

Rochester Pride 2018 takes place Saturday, July 14 through Sunday, July 22. Click here for a full schedule of events.


Kaci Jones

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