WILTON MANORS, Fla., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Wilton Manors will permanently raise the pride flag at Jaycee Park, located across from City Hall at the corner of Wilton Drive and NE 21 Court. The Mayor and Commissioners will hold a flag raising ceremony on May 24, 2016 at 6:15 p.m., just before the regular City Commission meeting. The public is invited to attend with free parking available at Hagen Park adjacent to City Hall.
The ceremony will take place nearly one year after Wilton Manors became the first City in Broward County to raise the pride flag on City property in celebration of Pride Month.
"We are proud of our historical and continued advocacy for the LGBTQ community," said Mayor Gary Resnick. "The display of the pride flag is symbolic, not only of the strides in policy we've been able to achieve, but of how Wilton Manors has become a place where LGBTQ individuals and non-LGBTQ individuals, can live, work, and raise their families."
Earlier this month, the City of Wilton Manors became the first city in Broward County to ban city-funded travel to North Carolina, Mississippi, and other states adopting anti-LGBT discriminatory laws.
"We want to be a model for other cities," said Resnick. "The Island City is a diverse two square miles where we are proving that addressing issues that matter to all of our residents and proudly being inclusive makes for a better quality of life for the entire community."
As a result of the 2010 US Census, the City of Wilton Manors was named the "Second Gayest City" in the United States. With a large percentage of the population identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, Wilton Manors has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most progressive places to live, work and play for many years.
Beginning on June 1, 2016, in celebration of Pride Month, the City will display pride flags all along the City's main street, Wilton Drive. On June 18, 2016, the City of Wilton Manors Entertainment Group will host the 17th Annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade. This highly anticipated festival, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, will kick off with family friendly activities including bounce houses and face painting at 11 a.m., followed by a street festival beginning at 3 p.m. with dozens of vendors, including bars and restaurants, the famous Stonewall parade at 6 p.m. and live entertainment on multiple stages. To learn more visit wiltonmanorsstonewall.com.
To connect with the City of Wilton Manors visit www.wiltonmanors.com.
ABOUT THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS
Wilton Manors was laid out in 1925 by Edward John "Ned" Willingham, a land developer from Georgia, as an upscale residential community. It was recognized as a Village in 1947 and incorporated as a City in 1953. Today, the City of Wilton Manors offers all the benefits of a big city from shopping, to hip restaurants and bars, a burgeoning arts community and tons of community events, yet still maintains a cozy, community-feeling offering miles of natural waterways perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and other outdoor activities. Recently named the "Second Gayest City" in the United States, the City of Wilton Manors celebrates a diverse population of approximately 12,000 residents. To learn more about the live, work and play opportunities in Wilton Manors call (954) 390-2100 or visit www.wiltonmanors.com.
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