Town Of Hempstead Raises LGBTQ Pride Flag For The First Time

Celebrating Pride Month, Supervisor Laura Gillen is Joined by Elected Leaders and Community Members

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) June 7, 2018 – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen today raised the LGBTQ flag for the first time in the Town’s history. She was joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, CEO of the LGBT Network Dr. David Kilmnick, Acting City Manager of Long Beach Mike Tagney, Region One CSEA President of Pride Kim Frost, Nassau County Regional Representative, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Imran Ansari, Matthew A. DePace, Regional Director, Central Region Corporate Community Relations of Northwell Health, and Randy Jones, the original Cowboy from the Village People.

“The LGBT Pride flag is a symbol of love, friendship and inclusion and I'm proud that it's flying above Hempstead's Town Hall," said Supervisor Laura Gillen. "Thank you to the community for joining us today as we celebrate Pride Month!"

“I was pleased to join today with David Kilmnick, president of the LGBT Network, to raise the pride flag at Town Hall," said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “America’s largest township is supportive of all residents, and we are proud to celebrate every individual’s uniqueness. Congratulations to David on his perseverance and all the good he has done over the past 25 years.”

“I’m very proud to raise the LGBT Pride flag in the Town of the Hempstead,” said Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana. “It is so important to be accepting and inclusive of all the people in our diverse community. We look forward to celebrating the rest of Pride Month.”

“We are proud to be raising the rainbow flag in America’s largest township for the first time ever and fully appreciate the message of inclusion that sends to everyone before kicking off Pride on the Beach,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of LGBT Network. “I cannot thank Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen enough for making this happen.”

After the flag raising, Randy Jones treated the crowd to a festive performance of YMCA and then performed a special serenade for Senior Councilwoman Goosby.