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County Executive Marc Elrich and Councilmember Evan Glass Kick Off Virtual Celebration of Pride Month with Flag Raising

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 8, 2020

Today Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Councilmember Evan Glass (At-Large) raised the Pride flag outside of the Executive Office Building in Rockville to officially recognize Pride Month in Montgomery County. Last year, Councilmember Glass spearheaded this annual commemoration and organized numerous community events to promote acceptance and inclusion across the community.

“Montgomery County is a community that welcomes everyone,” said County Executive Elrich. “How you identify or who you choose to love are personal, individual choices and there is no place in our county for intolerance. Raising the Pride flag celebrates Montgomery County’s values of inclusion, empathy, respect and kindness.”

This year Councilmember Glass will host a series of virtual events celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with members of the Council and leaders of the LGBTQ+ community.  Councilmember Glass is the first LGBTQ+ member of the Montgomery County Council.

“The civil rights struggles taking place across the country today are battles for fairness, equality and the ability to live one’s life without fear or harm,” said Councilmember Evan Glass. “It was only 51 years ago that the Stonewall Riots took place –– a clash with the New York Police Department that involved an overwhelming number of gay men and trans women of color –– which served as a catalyst for the modern day LGBTQ+ rights movement and the reason we celebrate Pride Month. The LGBTQ+ rights movement has made tremendous strides over the past few decades, and while there remains much more work to do, I believe that bringing us all together can help and offer some healing, especially during these challenging times.” 

View video of today’s flag raising here.

For a list of upcoming events and to RSVP, visit: https://bit.ly/MoCoPride20.

Virtual Pride Month Activities

Councilmember Evan Glass Hosts Virtual Pride Month

Release ID: 20-302
Media Contact: Valeria Carranza  240-257-6198 , Judy Stiles 240-463-2442