Rainbow Flag to Fly on Federal Land at Christopher Park June 1


LGBTQ activists and federal officials will join together to install a permanent Rainbow Flag in the garden at Christopher Park on June 1, concluding a years-long effort by activists who fought to bring the Rainbow Flag to a slice of federal land near the Stonewall Inn.

Activists and federal officials are planning to gather at the park at 1 p.m. on the first day of Pride Month for a long-awaited flag-raising ceremony during which the Progress Pride Flag will be raised on a new flagpole on federal property. National Park Service Superintendent Shirley McKinney and activist Steven Love Menendez — who has maintained a temporary Rainbow Flagpole in the same area — will lead the flag up for the first time. Both the temporary flag and the upcoming flag feature National Parks Department branding.