NJ mayor lukewarm on raising rainbow flag: If we do it at all, it'll be for 1 week, not all of Pride Month

David Caplan
May 17, 2019 - 12:55 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The mayor of one northern New Jersey community isn't too keen on celebrating LGBT Pride. 

Tom Giordano, the mayor of the Bergen County borough of Waldwick, is balking at flying the LGBT Pride rainbow flag for the entire month of June -- which is Pride month -- and instead says, if the town raises the flag at all, it would only do so for one week. 

The issue was raised Tuesday night at a city council meeting, when a guidance counselor and student from Waldwick High School suggested flying the rainbow flag in front of Waldwick Borough Hall. 

An immediate decision was not made -- but one will be made at a meeting before June 1. 

"These two ladies came to us --- I think they hit a nerve with us," Giordano, a Republican, told 1010 WINS. "Whatever the council decides, is gonna be the right thing for the borough of Waldwick. Of course in the real world, you can't make everybody happy. If the council decides that they wanna have it done, what we're gonna do is, we're not gonna fly it the whole month, we're gonna fly it for one whole week."

But Jon Oliveira, the director of communications and membership for Garden State Equality, New Jersey's largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization, tells 1010 WINS, "Raising the Pride flag is a message to all LGBTQ people — especially our youth — that they are welcomed and have a place in our communities no matter who they are or who they love."

He added, "Countless towns across New Jersey are embracing that hopeful and inviting spirit without condition, and it is tremendously disappointing that some local governments are opting to send that message halfheartedly or not at all."

Several members of the government told 1010 WINS that they don’t want to see the raising of the rainbow flag on the same pole that holds the state and American flag, but refused to be identified.

In Rutherford, N.J., some residents have a petition going to try to stop a rainbow flag there from being raised, as well. 

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