Michigan city permanently installs Pride flag

Ferndale elected officials, residents and guests at the installation of the Pride flag in the city council chambers. (Photo courtesy of City of Ferndale)

FERNDALE, Mich. — Ferndale, a suburb or Detroit, announced last week that they would permanently still the Pride flag in the city council chambers.

“Our motto in Ferndale is ‘Good Neighbors,’ and we interpret that to include the diversity of our residents and guests and the benefits of inclusive decision-making,” said Mayor Dave Coulter in an announcement on the city’s website. “My fellow Council members and I strive to act in ways reflective of Ferndale’s shared values.”

“Progress comes sometimes in small steps, and other times in leaps and bounds,” Stephanie White, executive director of Equality Michigan, said. “Some might say a flag is a small step, and maybe it is, but to have an official governing body display this flag and recognize its meaning is incredibly powerful, and says so much about Ferndale’s values.”

Coulter said that much of Ferndale’s success is owed to LGBT residents.

“A critical part of Ferndale’s revitalization, and its continued success going forward, is owed to these pioneers and the lessons they taught in embracing of the equality of all races, ages, identities, nationalities and orientations in our city,” Coulter said.

Following brief remarks, Coulter invited Ferndale High School student Madeline LeBlanc to carry in and officially place the City’s new flag. The Pride flag will now hang in Ferndale City Hall Council Chambers alongside flags of the United States, the State of Michigan, Oakland County, the City of Ferndale and POW-MIAs.