Gov. Tony Evers will host the fifth annual Pride Month celebration to raise the Pride Flag at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Thursday, June 1, at noon.
June is recognized as Pride Month in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, which originally began as a recognition of and tribute to the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, and has become an annual, month-long celebration and recognition of the LGBTQ community.
The Rainbow Pride Flag has flown over the Capitol each year for the month of June since 2019 when Gov. Evers first ordered it to be flown over the east wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol for the first time in state history. Last year, the Progress Pride Flag, an iteration of the widely recognized Rainbow Pride Flag created to symbolize the inclusion of marginalized communities within the LGBTQ community, was raised over the east wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building for the first time in state history.
The U.S. flag and the Wisconsin state flag will continue flying over the State Capitol building on the east wing flagpole above the Progress Pride Flag, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The POW-MIA flag will continue flying on the north wing flagpole as it does every day.
At Thursday’s flag-raising ceremony, Gov. Evers will be joined by members of his administration, state and local leaders, community members, and advocates. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.