Pride flag to be flown at all Wilmot township buildings, starting June 2021

Going forward Wilmot Township will fly the Pride flag during Pride month each June after councillors voted in favour of doing so. The Pride flag will also be raised for the remainder of July at the township's administrative offices in Baden.

Flying flag sends message of 'acceptance, solidarity and love,' councillor says

Unseen individuals on each side of the photo hold up a rainbow flag
Councillors in Wilmot township voted in favour of flying the Pride flag each June at their meeting Monday night. (Heidi Atter/CBC)

The rainbow Pride flag will be flown at all Wilmot township facilities that have flagpoles for Pride month starting in June, 2021.

Wilmot councillors unanimously passed a motion about the flag during Monday evening's council meeting.

The motion was brought forward by Coun. Jennifer Pfenning last month. She said flying the flag sends a "clear message of acceptance, solidarity and love for LGBTQ community members."

During the meeting, Coun. Jeff Gerber said the decision is an opportunity to "extend a hand to fellowship and show love to a group in our rural township that has been marginalized."

Pfenning told her fellow councillors she brought the motion forward because of people she knows who have suffered discrimination and felt unsafe in their community. She wasn't sure what response it would get, "but I knew, for me, I had to take a stand."

"I'm really happy to hear all the support … and I look forward to seeing the Pride flag flying," she said.

Rainbow stickers indicating safe spaces will also be placed on the doors of all township facilities.

As well, Pfenning requested the Pride flag be flown until the end of July on the flagpole at the township's administrative office in Baden. That was also approved.