Senator Dave Min made a statement to the Huntington Beach City Council concerning the proposed removal of the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag from City property. The Senator’s statement is in response to Councilor Pat Burns placing an item on the council’s meeting agenda calling for the flag’s removal from City property. Since 2021, Huntington Beach has raised the Pride Flag in celebration of Harvey Milk Day and LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The move comes as a growing number of Orange County cities have taken steps to annually display the flag in support of LGBTQ+ residents and families.
“The Pride Flag is such an important symbol of inclusion and diversity, and of celebrating our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends and neighbors. At a time when hate and discrimination against the LGBTQ community—and other marginalized groups—is at alarming levels, including in Surf City, it is more important than ever that our elected leaders make clear that all are welcome and cherished.
Voting to end the flying of the Pride Flag during Pride Month would send the wrong message—a message of intolerance and division—to the many residents of Huntington Beach, and to the millions of tourists who come to Surf City each year. I urge the City of Huntington Beach to rise to this occasion and boldly affirm its commitment to equality and diversity, where everyone feels safe, appreciated, and valued.”
The proposed removal of the flag has sparked a heated debate in Huntington Beach. Senator Min’s statement serves as a reminder that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Senator will continue to fight for the rights of all Californians, including the LGBTQ+ community, and work to create a world where everyone can live freely and proudly. Senator Min has a strong record of advocating for the rights of all Californians and fighting for policies that benefit working families.