It was less than a year ago when Long Island Schools banned Pride flags in classrooms.

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The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, transgender and queer pride and can be seen at many LGBTQIA+ events. The original flag was designed by Gilbert Baker. Harvey Milk, former San Francisco City Supervisor and the first openly gay elected official in California, asked Baker to come up with something and it made it's debut at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Celebration on June 25,1978.  When Milk was assassinated later that year, people used it as a sign of support and pride and the flag underwent stylistic changes.

June of 2017 saw a more inclusive flag unveiled. This was known as the "More Colors More Pride" flag and was readied by the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs. Amber Hikes, who lead the project stated that the flag was designed to

reinforce our strides towards combatting discrimination within our community, honor the lives of our black and brown LGBTQ siblings, and uplift our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion within our community.

One year later saw the release of Daniel Quaser's new design that was aiming to be even more inclusive to all groups. It is this flag that Reddit user "Jessieface13" saw at her son's elementary school this week.

There has been much scrutiny over this flag's place in schools. Just last year, the Connetquot Central School District banned them from inside classrooms. This flag pictured above is in California, so no bans were broken here. But seeing one school ok with something another school is banning is puzzling indeed.

Pride in July Hit Poughquag Last Weekend

Pride in July: Barton Orchards Event Lights up the Hudson Valley

Pride in July took place at the beautiful, Barton Orchards in Poughquag on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Boosting With Pride

We're getting back to school here in the Southern Tier, and students will be looking to join every school club/organization they can. But we're sure that the local school extracurricular clubs could use a little help.

We've started a list below of Southern Tier school clubs and organizations. Take a look at each slide and use the information on them to get in touch and make a donation! The more we invest in our students, the more we invest in their future!

Also, scroll to the bottom of the gallery to make a nomination of a local school club or organization to get them on this list!



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