Milwaukee celebrates Pride Month with flag raising

The Pride Flag is officially flying over downtown Milwaukee.

City officials clapped and cheered as the flag was raised under the American Flag at the Zeidler Municipal Building on Monday, June 3.

The pride flag has evolved significantly since it first came to be.

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The newest Intersex Progress Pride Flag combines elements of the traditional rainbow flag with other LGBTQI+ flags to highlight unrepresented groups within pride celebrations. 

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson joined the celebration.

"This is a diverse city, and having a diversity of voices represented here is super important for Milwaukee. I mean, this is the most diverse place in the entire state of Wisconsin. City of Milwaukee, roughly one in ten of the people in the state live here. So I want to make sure those voices are recognized and appreciated and that is what this event does," said Mayor Cavalier Johnson. 

Milwaukee's first openly queer official, Alderwoman Jocasta Zamarripa, says Pride Month recognizes their fight for civil rights, equal justice and equal opportunity.