For the first time in Easton’s history, the gay pride flag is flying above Town Hall. Fairfield, Conn. resident John Brannelly Jr. donated the flag. He reached out to all six towns in the greater Bridgeport area, asking if each would raise the flag in June to celebrate pride month. All six towns agreed.
State Rep. Anne Hughes, First Selectman Dave Bindelglass, event organizer and Easton resident Elliot Leonard, and Brannelly all spoke to the crowd before helping hoist the flag.
“It’s important that we celebrate diversity in this town,” Bindelglass said.
Brannelly invited anyone in the crowd who identified as LGBTQ to come help raise the flag. Once the flag was up, Easton resident Dr. Whendi Cook-Broderick and her son, Sean, led the crowd in singing the chorus of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.
The rainbow flag has been used as a symbol of gay pride since the 1970s. The flag in Easton will be up through the weekend for all to see.