Pride Month begins in the Bronx

Pride Flag raising Ceremony at Bronx Borough Courthouse

By Robert Press

 Tuesday June first was a beautiful sunny afternoon for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to be with friends and members of the LGTBQ+ community to raise the Pride flag this year at Bronx Borough Hall to kick off Pride Month. Borough President Diaz Jr. said this would be the last year as BP that he would be hosting this event, and that he could say whatever he wanted now that he was no longer running for office. It seemed by our conversation later however that Ruben Diaz Jr. wants to continue to contribute to Bronx or New York City perhaps as a member of the Eric Adams administration as First Deputy Mayor should Mayoral candidate Eric Adams, who Ruben Diaz Jr, has endorsed for mayor wins. 

 Before raising the pride flag, Borough President Diaz Jr. gave a citation to Sage Rivera of Destination Tomorrow for the organization’s fine work in helping the LGBTQ+ community. He also called on Judge Max Rosen and Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to say a few words. In closing BP Diaz Jr. said that is LGBTQ heavy, and that we are all in this together. The Pride flag was then set up on the flagpole, and all posed for a group photo. Also on hand were Councilwoman Vanesa Gibson, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, and Sammy Ravelo, all three are a few of the candidates to replace Ruben Diaz Jr. as the next Bronx Borough President. 


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was very open with his words saying that he will be retiring shortly as Bronx Borough President at the end of the year.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark was called up to say a few words. She said her office fights for the LGBTQ community as it does for every person living in the Bronx. 
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presents a citation to Sage Rivera (behind Justin Sanchez of the BP’s office who is clapping) for the work Destination Tomorrow does in the LGBTQ+ community.


The Pride Flag is raised up the flagpole outside the Bronx County Courthouse to everyone’s delight.


Everyone gathered behind the Borough President Diaz Jr.’s pride flag for a group photo.
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