SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — For the first time in history, a Pride flag is flying over the Illinois Capitol.
Gov. J.B . Pritzker made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday.
“Every Illinoisan should be proud of who they are, who they love or how they identify. That’s why a pride flag soars above the Illinois Capitol for the first time in state history,” he wrote.
He called the progress made since the Stonewall riots “remarkable” but noted there is more work to do. He specifically mentioned progress toward transgender visibility and acceptance, but said attacks of hate are on the rise, particularly against black trans women. While acknowledging progress made toward HIV prevention and treatment, but said the disease rages on.
“So with an eye toward a future of full-fledged equality for all Illinoisans, let’s celebrate this Pride Month with endless spirit and love,” Prtizker said in the post