Monday, June 25 - Flag-Raising at City Hall to Celebrate Pride Week

On Monday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m., the Pride, Transgender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and 2-Spirit flags will be raised at Victoria City Hall in support of the LGBTQ2+ community.

Mayor Helps will begin with a speech, before inviting members of Council to raise the flags together. The five flags will fly in unison until July 6. They will then be flown on the City of Victoria’s float at the 25th Annual Victoria Pride Parade on July 8.

The City of Victoria is proud to be a welcoming and inclusive community for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

All are welcome to join us at this celebration.

What:  Raising of the Pride, Transgender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer and 2-Spirit flags

When:  Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Where:  City Hall flagpole, Pandora Avenue entrance

Below is a brief description of the five flags:

Pride Flag: (multicolored flag resembling a rainbow) commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBTQ2+ pride flag, is a symbol for LGBTQ2+ social movements around the world.

Transgender Flag: (five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the center) represents transgender pride, diversity, and rights.

Two Spirit Flag: (white with rainbow feathers) represents Indigenous people who carry multiple genders within themselves. Two Spirit also indicates that they have special roles in community, such as teachers and healers.

Genderqueer Flag: (three horizontal stripes: purple, white and green) represents gender identities that don’t fall into a common transgender narrative and consider their gender expression or identities to be queer or non-normative. 

Non-Binary Flag: (four horizontal stripes: yellow, white, purple, and black) represents gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine, identities that don’t experience any specific gender, and identities that exist outside of the gender binary model.