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Gay Pride Flag Flies Over Wisconsin State Capitol

June 7, 2019


I am most pleased to learn that, starting today the gay pride flag will be flown over the Wisconsin State Capitol for the remainder of June.  For the first time in our state’s history this statement from the government will be proudly displayed.

Thanks goes to Democratic Governor Tony Evers for stepping up and doing the proper thing during gay pride month.  Make no mistake about the meaning of the decision, or the visual nature of the flag itself.

At moments like this I think of gay teenagers in this state who live in rural areas.  I know they need support and assurance that living authentically is truly an option as they prepare for adulthood.

Evers is correct to say the flag  is an “important visual symbol of support” for the gay community.  He grasps the fact much work over the decades took place to overcome discrimination.  It has been a rocky road, and the work continues in our state and nation.

Today we take much for granted with the legal progress regarding gay marriage and anti-discrimination issues.  But travel a few country roads in the far reaches of Wisconsin and there is still a fair amount of anti-gay rhetoric.  There is still a long way to go before many kids who are gay can just ask out who they wish for a school dance or a weekend date.  There is plenty of frustration, stress, and in some cases even legitimate fear of violence for wishing to live as openly as every other person their age in the community.

That is why the decision to fly the gay pride flag over the Capital matters.  It is a clear sign that times are changing and laws have been fashioned to break down barriers and ensure equality.    Gay teenagers who live a long way from Madison need to know there is a way forward, and that government will have their back.

Thank you, Tony!

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