Local leaders and community members gathered today for a ceremony at Colorado Springs City Hall to raise a historic 25-foot Pride Flag. It was done in honor and in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at Club Q on Saturday night, which killed five people and injured nearly 20 others.
The flag, known as Section 93 of the Sea to Sea Flag, was loaned to Colorado Springs by the Sacred Cloth Project as a sign of love, solidarity and healing following the horrific attack. The flag has been displayed in the past following the Pulse nightclub shooting, at the Supreme Court for the 2015 victory for marriage equality, and on other significant occasions in LGBTQ history.
At the ceremony, City Council Representative Nancy Henjum addressed her district. “What does the future look like for Colorado Springs and especially for the LGBTQ+ community? There is so much love and support for you here today. We MUST continue this for days, weeks, years and lives to come – especially for queer people of color and for transgender people. We heard from many of you yesterday in this same building that you don’t feel safe, that you don’t feel respected – that we must do better. Yes – we MUST do better. We will do better. And we will start by showing our support by unfurling this flag on our historic 1904 building.”
Several other local leaders attended the ceremony, including Mayor John Suthers, Police Chief Adrian Vasquez, Fire Chief Randy Royal, District Attorney Michael Allen and Jessie Pocock, as well as the executive director of Inside Out.
“We are honored to share this symbol of hope, love and unity with the people of Colorado Springs in these sad times,” said Mark Ebenhoch, director of the Sacred Cloth Project.
Inside Out Youth Services Executive Director and CEO Jessie Pocock also spoke. “As Colorado Springs mourns, we are thrilled that this historic flag has been offered for display,” she said. “We are grateful for this incredible display of compassion.”
The flag, measuring 14 by 25 feet, is a section of the historic Rainbow25 flag sewn by Gilbert Baker in Key West, in 2003 to create a 1.25 mile long flag. This flag marked the 25e anniversary of the 1978 flag originally created by Baker. The Sea-to-Sea Flag was then cut into sections, and Section 93 is preserved as Sacred Cloth. It has traveled the world to be displayed at celebrations, mourning occasions and historic moments.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/TheSacredClothProject and see ways to help victims and survivors of the Q Club tragedy in Colorado Springs here.