A University of Hawaiʻi faculty member joined Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the City Council on June 21, to mark World Pride Month by raising the Pride flag outside the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building.
UH Mānoa LGBTQ+ Center Director Camaron Miyamoto participated in the event.
“World Pride Month is a time where we can come together and celebrate Honolulu’s diverse culture and embrace our friends and neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Blangiardi. “The lighting of Honolulu Hale and raising of the Pride flag today are important symbols of our commitment to do more to build a more inclusive and diverse city.”
“Flying the pride flag over city hall during the day and lighting Honolulu Hale with rainbow lights at night will send a powerful message to our LGBTQ+ young people, their families and everyone in Hawaiʻi. This is a message of love, respect and aloha,” Miyamoto said to those gathered. “This is so meaningful for our students and our young people here in Hawaiʻi who live their truth every day.”
Honolulu Hale will be lit in the rainbow colors of the Pride flag from sundown on June 21 through sunrise on June 25.
Miyamoto also attended the bill signing ceremony on June 16, of Gov. David Ige for three bills that provide gender-affirming health care, inclusive jury selection and the establishment of the Hawaiʻi State LGBTQ+ Commission.