The governor of Colorado, who happens to be the first openly gay person to lead the state, just flew the Pride flag at the capitol for the first time ever.
The Pride Flag is on display this weekend at our Colorado State Capitol. I’m so proud to be the governor of a state that celebrates diversity and love. pic.twitter.com/e2OF4wkAyA
— Jared Polis (@GovofCO) June 14, 2019
Governor Jared Polis flew the rainbow flag this weekend in part to celebrate PrideFest, one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
“They’ll get to see that, yes, they are not only accepted of course, but are also celebrated here at our Capitol in Denver,” Polis said. “We’re a state that really prides ourself in respecting everybody and really celebrating everybody and Coloradans of all walks of life, regardless of their geography, their ethnicity, their gender, who they love.”
It’s a beautiful sentiment from the governor, all the more so because this year’s festival is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, considered the beginning of the fight for LGBTQ rights. It’s also a reminder that while the White House may be as anti-LGBTQ as any administration in memory, even banning the Pride flag from being flown outside embassies, there are politicians out there who are working to help marginalized communities instead of punishing them.