Raising pride

By Jillian Marshall

June 1, 2013 Updated Jun 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In celebration of gay pride month, people gathered at the foot of Binghamton City Hall to raise community spirit and acceptance.

June is Gay Pride Month.

For the rest of the month, a gay pride flag will wave in the city of Binghamton.

Local lawmakers and community members applauded the journey of acceptance of all members of the Binghamton community, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The LGBTQ community came together in support of one another, knowing they have made huge steps forward, but that their journey of equal rights still has a way to go.

This is the eighth time the flag was lifted into the Binghamton sky.

For two-term Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, it will be the final time he raises the symbol of community and hope.

"This became such a clear thing that I wanted to do during my term as mayor because we really need to embrace everybody in the community. A community that leaves anybody out is not a community worth it's salt," Ryan said.

A day of celebrating overcoming stereotypes and inequality, was faced with some opposition as some members of the community protested the event across State Street.

Organizers say they are planning more events through the month of June.

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