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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Supervisor Lawson-Remer, & LGBTQ+ Organizations to Raise Progress Flag at County Administration Center for First Time in County History



Chair Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with the County of San Diego’s  LGBTQ+ Employee Resources Group, is once again recognizing the lived, intersectional experience of LGBTQ+ community members during Pride month in San Diego. Starting Thursday, July 15 through July 18 the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego CA 92101, will be lit each evening in rainbow colors and on Friday July 16 at 10:30 a.m. the Progress Flag will be raised during a ceremony at the County Administration Center.    

The Progress Flag recognizes the lived, intersectional experience of LGBTQ+ community members. The flag contains the six colored stripes which come from the original Pride Flag, with notable additions of black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes. These added colors highlight LGBTQ+ people of color, Transgender folks, & folks living with HIV/AIDS, recognizing the added adversity they experience within the community due to their identity.

“The Progress Flag celebrates the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and amplifies the lived experience of marginalization of LGBTQ+ people of color, Transgender folks, and folks living with HIV/AIDS. This symbolizes the reality that the LGBTQ+ experience is not uniform and that each member of the community has unique needs that we must recognize and address,” said Chair Fletcher. “While I believe that effective allyship must go beyond symbolic solidarity, I am excited to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and send an unwavering message that LGBTQ+ folks are welcome and valued here in San Diego County. Our beloved County will now shine bright with pride.”

Chair Fletcher will be joined by Vice Chair Nora Vargas, as well as Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer who notably identifies as nonbinary. The Supervisors will also be joined by Ben Parmentier, Chair of the San Diego County LGBTQ+ Employee Resources Group and other members, along with local community leaders.

“I’m proud that the County is not only celebrating diversity and inclusion by raising the Progress Flag for the first time but that we are also adopting policies that elevate our LGBTQ+ community. We must continue to do everything we can to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in our County,” said Vice Chair Nora Vargas.

“This is an important day at the County. I am proud to stand with my colleagues to raise the Progress Flag and celebrate the spirit and resilience of the LGBTQIAP2+ community,” said Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer.

“The raising of the pride progress flag sends a powerful message to the hundreds of LGBTQ and allied County employees, and the larger community. We thank County leadership and the Board of Supervisors for this visibility and look forward to continued partnership as we work to advance equity for employees and clients in the region,” said LGBTQ+ Employee Resources Group Chair Benjamin Parmentier.

About Chair Nathan Fletcher’s Allyship for LGBTQ+ San Diegans

Nathan Fletcher is the Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and this year San Diego Pride is recognizing him as their 2021 Spirit of Stonewall “Friend of Pride” Awardee. Chair Fletcher is a proud ally to the LGBTQ+ community and uses his platform as an elected leader to advocate for the rights of all LGBTQ+ people. While serving in the California State Assembly in 2010, he delivered an impassioned address in support of ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and cast a vote to match his speech. During his first year on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2019, Chair Fletcher initiated Shine Bright with Pride in partnership with the County’s LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group, a celebratory event to kick off Pride Season. He also led a sizable contingent in that year’s parade -- honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots -- that marched along the parade route with devout enthusiasm for the LGBTQ+ community. Also in 2019, Chair Fletcher joined County employees to fly the Pride Flag at the County offices in Kearny Mesa for National Coming Out Day; and in 2020 they flew the Pride Flag high above the County Administration Center (CAC) for the first time. Chair Fletcher also championed the CAC being lit up for Transgender Day of Remembrance and Visibility and coordinated with the San Diego Convention Center to illuminate the Sails Pavilion in pink, blue and white too. Notably, Chair Fletcher was thrilled to have been a part of LGBTQ+ history in San Diego as the officiant of the first same-sex ceremony to take place in County Chambers. And most recently, to prevent bias and prejudice for all, Chair Fletcher proposed and executed the creation of the County’s current Human Relations Commission and Office of Equity and Racial Justice. 

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