SARATOGA SPRINGS — City officials were joined by local residents on the steps of Saratoga Springs City Hall to note the start of PRIDE month - “a commemoration, a celebration, and a call to action,” city Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi said, during the June 1 gathering.
Pride month is typically held in communities during the month of June - marking the June 28, 1969 anniversary of a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in downtown Manhattan; the ensuing riot and subsequent protests are credited with kicking off the modern gay rights movement.
“It’s a commemoration of Stonewall uprising and our history in our state and city and our country. PRIDE is also a celebration. It’s a celebration of all of us - my LGBTQ brothers and sisters and how far we’ve come,” said Sanghvi, adding that she remembered growing up in India “scared about being different, scared about people finding out I was different…I am honored to represent our city as the first openly gay elected commissioner in Saratoga Springs.”
Commissioner Sanghvi was joined at the City Hall gathering by Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim, city Supervisor at Saratoga County Tara Gaston, local residents and members of the Saratoga Pride community organization.
The Saratoga Pride Festival will take place 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26 in High Rock Park and will feature live music and family activities. For more information, go to: www.saratogapride.com.