Wednesday, June 23, 2021

oin PBCHRC for Pride Lights West Palm Beach on June 28

Please join PBCHRC, Compass, and our allies on June 28 at 8:00 p.m. at Nancy Graham Centennial Square for Pride Lights West Palm Beach to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising and the Pulse Massacre.

For Pride Lights West Palm Beach, Hierromat Development, a local gay owned and operated company, and Creative Arts Enterprises, will light up the Centennial Fountain and surrounding palm trees with Pride colors.

Centennial Square is located at the intersection of Clematis Street and Narcissus Avenue.

Parking is available at the Banyan Garage, which is located at 200 Banyan Boulevard..
The square is named after longtime LGBTQ ally Nancy Graham, who served as the Mayor of West Palm Beach from 1991 to 1999.

Under Graham's leadership, West Palm Beach became the first public employer in Florida to enact an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public employment. The city also adopted a policy prohibiting the use of any public funds for organizations or facilities which discriminate on the basis of several protected classes, including sexual orientation. West Palm Beach also became the first public employer in Florida to provide domestic partnership benefits for municipal employees.

In 1994, West Palm Beach enacted an Equal Opportunity Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in private and public employment, housing and public accommodation. When the Christian Coalition gathered enough signature to force Special Election to repeal the law, Graham headed the campaign to oppose their efforts. When the votes were counted, 56% of the voters cast ballots which ensured the law would remain in effect and West Palm Beach became the first jurisdiction in Florida to withstand a repeal effort by popular vote.
Aetna Realty, owners of the Citizen's Building at 105 Narcissus Avenue is changing the building's uplighting along Narcissus Avenue to feature the LGBTQ Pride colors. The Citizen's Building is managed by US Realty Management Company, In addition, the marquee at Palm Beach Dramaworks will also be illuminated with the LGBTQ Pride colors..
Pistache French Bistro, which is located adjacent to Nancy Graham Centennial Square, will offer Pride Happy Hour drinks from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Additional supporters of Pride Lights West Palm Beach include Discover The Palm Beaches, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, The Eric Freidheim Tourism Institute at the University of Florida and Edith Hall Friedheim
If you plan to attend, please let us know by clicking here.


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