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Rainbow flag flies over Statehouse for first time

Monday, Jun 17, 2019

* GoPride.com

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued an executive order Monday stating that the rainbow flag will be flown over the state Capitol building in recognition of Pride month.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBTQ social movement and is widely displayed during Pride month. […]

According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, this is the first time ever Illinois has flown the rainbow flag over its Capitol.

* A pic from Twitter…



Most of the comments under that tweet were ridiculously negative.

* A different perspective from the Secretary of State’s office…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

27 Comments
  1. - Skeptic - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:20 am:

    “Most of the comments under that tweet were ridiculously negative.” I wish that weren’t so completely expected.


  2. - efudd - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:22 am:

    Speaking to the negative comments-
    Always entertaining to watch people cloak their bigotry/homophobia with the old “we should respect all people” claptrap.
    If we did, there would be no need for flags for different parts of society.
    Also, it’s a flag that will be flown temporarily that is flown in the correct order. Have a snickers and take a nap.


  3. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:23 am:

    Good I guess surprised not up there before
    Not being sarcastic but I think we need more Flag poles. One for Us next tallest for State then a couple for “special “ flags for special occasions. Did they take down POW MIA flag for this because that would probably get people going


  4. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:24 am:

    === Did they take down POW MIA flag===

    When was the last time that even flew?


  5. - Nonbeliever - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    Is anyone surprised? Not me.


  6. - Norseman - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:33 am:

    Having crawled up to the top of the dome, I have great admiration for the SOS workers who climb up to raise and lower the flags.


  7. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    “Is anyone surprised? Not me.”

    Me either. It’s beautiful that Illinois is established as a state that strongly supports and recognizes LGBTQ people and rights.


  8. - Nick Name - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:54 am:

    ===Most of the comments under that tweet were ridiculously negative.===

    Snowflakes gotta snowflake.


  9. - Just Saying - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 11:56 am:

    Can I get a flag up there that simply says “Think GOD”?


  10. - Just Me - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    Anyone who thinks the fight for true LGBTQ equality is over just needs to read these comments, and the comments in the social media feeds of companies that issue Pride posts, to know that the fight is not over for true love and acceptance.


  11. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 12:37 pm:

    One good thing those posts accomplish is they encourage people to come out and show the world who they really are. I’m talking of course about the bigoted commenters.


  12. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 12:51 pm:

    ===One good thing those posts accomplish===

    Another is that it makes it easier for me to block Twitter dunderheads.


  13. - LoyalVirus - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    ty for your use of ‘dunderheads’, Rich


  14. - Excessively Rabid - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    For greater excitement, fly it over all state facilities and offices. But that might be a bridge too far at this point, unfortunately.


  15. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:39 pm:

    So we do this for this population because they have been/are being persecuted/marginalized/experiencing bigotry. So where’s the Black Pride flag because we’re told that implicit bias is negatively impacting Black Americans. Or where is the Hispanic Pride Flag? Again, I am not surprised by the governor doing this. The democrats are in charge and will do all of this because they believe it supports their power. But where does it end?


  16. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:45 pm:

    ===But where does it end?===

    When everyone is treated equally and fairly under the law. Whether you know it or not, you are represented by that rainbow flag too.


  17. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:52 pm:

    ===because we’re told===

    Oy. Do you realize how racist that makes you look? Try harder or leave.


  18. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 1:54 pm:

    ===So where’s the Black Pride flag ===

    Yes, I’m totally certain you own one of those and proudly display it at your house.


  19. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 2:12 pm:

    The rainbow signifies everyone. We are all different just like all the colors are different. Veterans, civilians, people of all races and language groups, that’s what the rainbow means. So don’t pout, you’re not left out.


  20. - Anon E Moose - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    ===So where’s the Black Pride flag===

    Here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-African_flag#/media/File:Flag_of_the_UNIA.svg


  21. - Suburban Mom - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    Hey NeverPoliticallyCorrect, Taylor Swift called, and she says you need to calm down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkk9gvTmCXY


  22. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings. So the flag on the Capitol is very appropriate.


  23. - Just Saying - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 5:08 pm:

    Da Big Bad Wolf == The rainbow flag was designed by GAY Gilbert Baker in 1974 and the colors mean; pink was for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit.


  24. - HappyGuy - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 5:38 pm:

    I opened the blog as I usually do before signing out for the day, and now I’m sitting in my office at the JRTC with tears streaming down my face. This might seem like a small thing to some; this might seem like it’s being shoved in your face to others; but, to someone like me, this is like walking in a dream. I’m a grown man and have been a state employee/appointee for almost a decade now, and this funny, badly cropped and washed out photo of the State Capitol flag pole is perhaps the first time I’ve felt any sense of belonging in this system. I wish I was in Springfield right now to see it myself. Hoisting a bit of fabric above a building isn’t usually very meaningful in and of itself, but when the message is genuinely one of progress and inclusivity, it’s a pretty dramatic result. The orange bar on the Pride flag represents healing. What a wonderful thing healing is. Pride isn’t just for us queer folx and gender and sexual minorities; pride is for allies, too. So thank you to all of you allies supporting me and other members of marginalized communities. That’s your flag flying over the Captiol as well.


  25. - Union Thug Gramma - Monday, Jun 17, 19 @ 9:44 pm:

    HappyGuy, I wish you were too and know that I support you. I’ve had LGBTQ friends since high school (I’m 62 now) and for the life of me, I’ve never understood why I should be worried about/interested in who other people love…


  26. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jun 18, 19 @ 7:00 am:

    Baker copied the world peace flag of the races to replace the pink triangle symbol that was used before. The point of the flag is that we are all different, every one of us.


  27. - Al - Tuesday, Jun 18, 19 @ 4:49 pm:

    Alan Turing would be proud. WWII British computer innovator and Code breaker.
    R.I.P


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