Special to The Advocate
Mayor Carlo DeMaria, the City of Everett, and community members gathered at the corner of Church Street and Broadway to raise the “Progress” Pride flag at City Hall. The mayor, speaking from the podium, expressed the importance of raising this flag in Everett to be a symbol that everyone is welcome no matter who they are. Mayor DeMaria also talked about how unfortunate it is that many people still have to face ridicule, bullying and being treated differently by others for their sexual orientation or what they identify as.
“I hope this flag stands as a symbol to let everyone know that our City is welcoming and inclusive to all who visit and reside here,” said DeMaria. “I also hope that one day no one will be made to feel ashamed or be ridiculed for who they truly are.”
This ceremony’s flag was different than those in past years because the City of Everett raised the updated Pride flag that is often referred to as the “Progress” Pride flag. The “Progress” Pride flag origin, according to “Reader’s Digest”: “A year after the debut of the Philadelphia Pride Flag  … designer Daniel Quasar introduced a reworked version of the more inclusive flag. ‘When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes as well as the trans stripes included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,’ Quasar explained … The white, pink, and light blue chevron design on the Progress Pride Flag reflects the colors of the Transgender Flag, while the brown and black stripes represent marginalized people of color. The black stripe has a dual meaning: It also honors those lost to HIV/AIDS and is a nod to the stigma surrounding those still living with HIV.”
On the website progress.gay, Quasar states, “The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new chevron shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the hoist edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”
Mayor DeMaria and the City of Everett would like to thank everyone who joined the ceremony in support of Everett’s LGBTQ+ community.