Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, along with local officials and community groups, will kick off Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Salem with a Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. June 3 at Riley Plaza in downtown Salem.
Salem resident and LGBTQ activist Gary “Gigi” Gill donated pride flags to the city to be flown above Riley Plaza and Salem City Hall. On June 3, Gill will continue this tradition, and Driscoll invites the Salem and North Shore community to come together to help raise the flags and celebrate Salem’s diversity.
The city is also preparing for the fifth annual North Shore Pride Parade & Festival on June 25 in Salem. For more information, visit northshorepride.org
The flag raising ceremony is open to the public and will consist of a brief speaking program, including an interfaith prayer and song, before the raising of the pride flags at Riley Plaza.