Montclair on Friday for the first time raised the Progressive Pride Flag — which incorporates the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light blue, pink and white of the Transgender Flag — to mark Pride Month. The event featured remarks by Councilman Peter Yacobellis (who is the township’s first openly gay elected official, Mayor Sean Spiller County Commissioner Brendan Gill and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill.

The flag raising comes the same month the Township Council is considering ordinances to extended non-discrimination protections in hiring and contracting to cover gender identity, and to require most single-use bathrooms be unisex.

— Diego Jesus Bartesaghi Mena




Pride Month activities in Montclair

Families and community members gathered June 4, 2021 to see Montclair raise its first-ever Progressive Pride Flag, which includes the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light pink, blue and white of the transgender flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Mayor Sean Spiller joins the crowd taking photos as Montclair raises its first ever Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Families and community members gathered June 4, 2021 to see Montclair raise its first-ever Progressive Pride Flag, which includes the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light pink, blue and white of the transgender flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Councilman Peter Yacobellis, left, and Mayor Sean Spiller were both featured speakers as Montclair raised its Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Families and community members gathered June 4, 2021 to see Montclair raise its first-ever Progressive Pride Flag, which includes the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light pink, blue and white of the transgender flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Councilman Peter Yacobellis, left, and Mayor Sean Spiller were both featured speakers as Montclair raised its Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Mayor Sean Spiller addresses the crowd as Montclair raises its Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
County Commissioner Brendan Gill, a Montclair resident, addresses the crowd as Montclair raises its Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Families and community members gathered June 4, 2021 to see Montclair raise its first-ever Progressive Pride Flag, which includes the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light pink, blue and white of the transgender flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), a Montclair resident, addresses the crowd as Montclair raises its Progressive Pride Flag June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Families and community members gathered June 4, 2021 to see Montclair raise its first-ever Progressive Pride Flag, which includes the colors black and brown to represent communities of color, as well as the light pink, blue and white of the transgender flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Councilman Peter Yacobellis, Montclair’s first openly gay elected official as well as the founder of Out Montclair, speaks as the township raises its first ever Progressive Pride Flag. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)
Bill Courson, senior community advocate from Out Montclair, welcomes the community to Montclair’s Progressive Pride Flag raising on June 4. (DIEGO JESUS BARTESAGHI MENA / STAFF)