Long Beach: Community Invited to Attend Inaugural Disability Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on July 8
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is honoring Disability Pride and Empowerment Month with a special flag raising ceremony for the Disability Pride flag. The event will take place on Monday, July 8 at 3:15 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza, located at 411 W. Ocean Blvd. Community members are invited to join City leadership and staff in this inaugural ceremony, where the Disability Pride flag will be flown alongside the American flag, California State flag, and City seal flag for the entire month of July.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his excitement for this event, stating that "raising the Disability Pride flag is a symbol of our diversity, strength, and support for all." He also emphasized Long Beach's commitment to celebrating and embracing the unique contributions and abilities of all members of the community. "We continue to champion equity in everything that we do," Mayor Richardson added, encouraging everyone to attend this historic recognition ceremony.

In July 2023, the Long Beach City Council adopted a resolution recognizing July as Disability Pride and Empowerment Month in honor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passing in July 1990. On June 18, 2024, with an 8-0 vote, the City Council approved a recommendation to raise the Disability Pride flag in the Civic Center Plaza for the entire month of July. This recommendation was brought forward by First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas and co-sponsored by Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Cindy Allen and Ninth District Councilmember Dr. Joni Ricks-Oddie.

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Councilwoman Zendejas spoke about the significance of this month-long celebration, stating that "Disability Pride and Empowerment Month is a powerful opportunity to honor the remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions of individuals with disabilities." She also highlighted how raising the Disability Pride flag fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance while advocating for disability rights and equity. She eagerly looks forward to seeing the community come together to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Community members are invited to join in the recognition by attending the ceremony in person or watching the livestream on various City social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. For those attending in person, complimentary parking will be available at the public parking garage located at Chestnut Avenue and Broadway.

The City's recognition of July as Disability Pride and Empowerment Month demonstrates its commitment to celebrating and respecting all people with disabilities. It also acknowledges the valuable contributions that the disability community brings to Long Beach's growth, diversity, and economic prosperity. This event builds upon efforts to break barriers in all areas of public life and promote inclusivity for all individuals.

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