A well-traveled Pride flag will be unfurled at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall to honor the victims of the Club Q shooting.
“The world is watching. The world is supporting us,” Councilwoman Nancy Henjum said at a meeting on Tuesday.
She said she wanted to create a safe space to mourn those who mourn.
The Sacred Cloth Project lends the flag to Colorado Springs as a sign of love, solidarity and healing, according to a press release.
The 25-foot flag is part of a much larger flag that was over a mile long and stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The large flag marked the 25th anniversary of the first Pride flag created by Gilbert Baker as a symbol of the LGBTQ community. It has already been displayed at the Supreme Court and the White House. According to the GLBT Historical Society, the flag was also displayed at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub where 49 people were killed in a shooting in 2016.
He flew to the nightclub every year to mark deaths in Orlando.
Henjum and Jessie Pocock, executive director and CEO of Inside Out Youth Services, are expected to speak, city spokeswoman Vanessa Zink said. The mayor, district attorney and chief of police are also expected, but not expected to speak.
“As Colorado Springs mourns, we are thrilled that this historic flag has been offered for display,” Pocock said in a press release. “We are grateful for this incredible display of compassion.”