Flag Raising for Pride at P.A.S.E

Maritza Trinidad, Contributor


June is Pride month! Every June, in honor of The Stonewall Riots, millions around the United States, and around the world, celebrate and recognize the impact of the LGBTQ+ community. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 was an uprising in which patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a New York gay tavern, experienced a violent encounter with police due to discrimination. As a result, every June since 1970, pride events and festivals have been held to mark the anniversary of the riots. 

On Thursday, June 24th at 8:15 a.m., Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering hosted a special flag raising event commemorating the LGBTQ+ community. The event featured several student and staff speakers including Mr. Jesus Velez, a history teacher at P.A.S.E, who was also the organizer of the event. The event was limited due to the current global epidemic. The flag will remain up until the end of June. 

Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering is the third school in the district to commemorate Pride Month with a flag raising event.

Click through the photo gallery to see highlights from the event.

Special thank you to News 12 for covering the event: News 12 New Jersey video link

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