Pride flags are flying on the state office building in Lansing for the first time in Michigan’s history.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that two of the iconic rainbow flags be flown on the George W. Romney Building on Saturday.
The flying of the flags comes after Whitmer signed a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month in the state to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. A police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn triggered a series of riots and sparked the nascent LGBT movement in the United States and around the world.
In a news release, Whitmer said celebrating Pride Month is an important way to ensure that members of Michigan’s LGBTQ community “are treated with the respect they deserve.”