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Celebrating Pride Month: Hollywood Is Demonstrating Its Commitment Toward Progress & Equality

June 9, 2022

In celebration of Pride Month, the City of Hollywood, in partnership with the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council, hosted the official Progress Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall last week. Mayor Josh Levy and Council President Todd Delmay provided remarks, followed by singer David Meulemans who performed “You Raise Me Up” a cappella while the Progress Pride flag was being raised.

This year, in addition to the Progress Pride Flag, the “My Hollywood Pride Youth Tapestry” will hang in the 2nd floor lobby of City Hall for the month of June. The tapestry was created in January 2022 by youth who attended the My Hollywood Pride inaugural event. Each of the 18 fabric squares were thoughtfully created and personalized by youth to express who they are and how the event made them feel.

"Hollywood's emergence as a municipal leader of LGBTQ+ equality has been remarkable. Hollywood was the first city in the state to fly the Progress Pride flag in 2020 and celebrated its first My Hollywood Pride in January of this year,” says Delmay. “And with the flag raising at City Hall again, we are unveiling for the public what we believe is the first of its kind in the state; a Pride Youth Tapestry made by local youth on the theme of what Pride means to them. In a year when youth have felt especially vulnerable, and a time when the most marginalized in our community need our support, I could not be prouder that Hollywood is demonstrating its commitment to work together toward progress and equality for everyone.”

The Progress Pride flag, donated by the Council, will fly over Hollywood City Hall in June as a symbol of the open and diverse community that is Hollywood. The Progress Pride flag features the traditional rainbow colors, but also includes a chevron with black and brown to represent queer people of color, and pink, blue and white to represent those of trans and/or non-binary experience.

Hollywood Beach Sweep
Join with other volunteers for a great cause every second Saturday of the month to collect litter and cigarette butts from the sandy beach. The next Hollywood Beach Sweep event is Saturday, June 11th - 7 to 11 a.m.   
Volunteers are requested to meet at Charnow Park at Garfield Street and the Broadwalk, at 7 a.m. Please complete the registration form available on the City’s website enter Beach Sweep Form in the search field) and children, ages 8 and older are welcome to participate when accompanied by an adult. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions. Please dress appropriately, wear sunscreen and bring the completed registration form. Don't forget, plastic water bottles are prohibited on Hollywood Beach, so bring a reusable water bottle instead.

Questions About The Event
If you have any questions about the event, please call 954.967.4526. The mailing address for the form is: City of Hollywood, ATTN: Public Works Department, 1600 S. Park Rd., Hollywood, FL 33021. You can bring the original form to event. Parking passes will not be issued at the event. If a parking pass is needed for the event you must have submitted the registration form no later than seven (7) days prior to the event date.

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