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FRAMINGHAM – For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Framingham will observe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month during a two-hour event on Saturday, June 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the City Hall Plaza in front of the Memorial Building.

The ceremony, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m., will feature perspectives from emerging student leaders as well as civic officials.

Reverend Debbie Clark of Edwards Church will emcee the program, which will include Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, City Council Chair Phil Ottaviani, Framingham Library Trustee Isabella Petroni, Ana Landaverde from OUT MetroWest, School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa, and members of the Framingham High School Gay Student Alliance.

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Parking for the event can be found behind the Memorial Building in the municipal lot as well as along Union Ave and Concord Street.

Immediately following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to visit informational tables set up on the plaza.

Those 21+ are invited to attend a Pride Party at the Framingham Station Brazilian Steakhouse (417 Waverly Street) at 5:30 p.m., which is being sponsored by the Framingham Public Library.

“Our celebrating and commemorating of LGBTQ Pride Month here in Framingham represents our commitment to working toward full equality for LGBTQ people in our country, said Mayor Charlie Sisitsky. “My administration strives to make Framingham a community where all feel welcome and accepted.”

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In honor of Pride Month, the City will light the Memorial Building in the Progress Pride flag colors in rotation. The Progress Pride flag retains the standard six-stripe rainbow design as its base and adds black and brown to recognize marginalized people of color, as well as light blue, pink, and white chevron, which are used on the Transgender Pride flag.

Due to technical and safety reasons, the building cannot be lit in black and brown. Below are a list of what each color represents: Purple – Spirit; Red – Life; Orange – Healing; Yellow – Sunlight; Green – Nature; Blue – Peace; White, Pink, and Light Blue – Transgender Flag.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.