With Toms River's first Pride Celebration scheduled for this Saturday (June 22nd), the Township continued to show their support as a rainbow flag was raised by Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher:

Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher is among the dignitaries raising a rainbow pride flag (Photo courtesy of Exit 82 Theatre Company)

The ceremony, and an official proclamation to go with it, is part of Pride Month, celebrated throughout the world as a way to both show love and acceptance to the LGBT community, and in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City that started the modern gay equality movement 50 years ago this month.

It also marks historic firsts for Ocean County, following the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders' Wednesday meeting where June was officially recognized by the county as "Pride Month".

A similar proclamation was made by the Township of Toms River, which you can see below:

Toms River Pride Proclamation (Photo courtesy of Exit 82 Theatre Company)

 

The local recognition of Pride Month culminate this Saturday with Toms River's first ever Pride Celebration, which you can read more about by clicking here. 

 

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