May 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Pride flag proposed for College Park City Hall
Terry Stone, gay news, Washington Blade, Pride flag

An online petition calls for the Pride flag to temporarily replace the College Park city flag during a one week period.

The husband of gay College Mark, Md., City Council member P.J. Brennan is circulating an online petition calling on the Council to approve the flying of a rainbow Pride flag at the College Park City Hall for one week in June to commemorate LGBT Pride Month.

“This simple gesture will send a strong, reaffirming message that the City of College Park is an accepting, welcoming community for ALL – to live, to work, to play, to study, and to do business,” Nick Brennan states in the petition.

The petition says the proposal calls for the Pride flag to temporarily replace the College Park city flag during the one-week period it would be in place at the City Hall building.

P.J. Brennan told the Washington Blade he has had informal discussion with each of his seven Council colleagues and a majority supports the proposal. Gay rights attorney Patrick Wojahn, who serves as College Park’s mayor, said he too supports the proposal and would take steps to urge the Council to approve it.

P.J. Brennan said the Council would begin discussing the matter at its scheduled work session on May 10 and likely make a decision on the proposal at its May 17 formal session. He said the vote would be on an “administrative request” for the city administrator to arrange for the displaying of the flag.

Although some opposition to the proposal has surfaced on neighborhood listservs, P.J. Brennan said he believes a significant majority of residents in the progressive leaning city, which is home to the University of Maryland, are supportive of the proposal.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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