City of Yakima raises Pride flag outside city hall

Yakima Pride celebration postponed to Aug. 21
Yakima City Hall Pride Flag
Credit: Emily Goodell, KAPP-KVEW

YAKIMA, Wash. — The City of Yakima has raised the Pride flag outside city hall Thursday for the second year in a row to celebrate the LGBTQ community during Pride month.

Yakima Pride Vice President Joshua Hastings said the isolation and stress of the pandemic has been hard on the LGBTQ community and seeing the flag flying outside city hall is a sign that things are getting better.

“This is a symbol that there’s hope,” Hastings said. “There’s hope at the end of COVID and also unity, bringing us back together in our community.”

The flag will continue to be displayed outside city hall through the end of June.

Last year, Yakima Pride was unable to host its regular events — including its annual Pride celebration, Pride day at the fair and Rainbow Prom — due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Now, they plan to hold an in-person festival and parade, but have postponed it to Aug. 21. Yakima Pride has also put up a billboard sign reading, “Every one is welcome in Yakima,” located near South First Street and East Nob Hill Boulevard.

“We decided that we would love to put a message out to the community and that message was love, letting everyone know that all people are welcome in Yakima,” Hastings said.

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