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Pride Flag Flys in Downtown Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A new flag is flying in downtown Scranton this month. The gay pride flag is on the flagpole at City Hall, and it's getting mixed reviews from members of the LGBT community.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and a new rainbow flag is flying with the City of Scranton's flag outside City Hall for the first time. It's a symbol of pride for the LGBTQ community.

"We're so excited to have the first raising of the pride flag in our city," said Joshua Mast.

Mast and his partner own Posh at the Scranton Club. It's right across the street from City Hall and hosts a number of LGBTQ friendly events, especially this month.

"The main thing is to not just think that this flag is a gay pride flag. It's a pride, and everyone should be proud of who they are and what they've accomplished or what they want to accomplish," said Mast.

Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright tells Newswatch 16 the city decided to fly the pride flag this month to show that everyone is welcome in Scranton.

"It really does say that Scranton is welcoming, that Scranton wants people here, and it just says a lot about the type of people that are here. There are really good people that are here in this town," added Mast.

Tim Maloney runs the #queerNEPA initiative, which works to unite communities and create visibility for LGBTQ rights. Maloney feels differently about the city.

"I have mixed feelings about that. I'd say there are some that are welcoming and some that aren't," said Maloney.

Maloney thinks the flag is a step in the right direction, but the city and Pennsylvania as a whole should be doing more.

"Passing anti-discrimination legislation both countywide in Luzerne and Lackawanna and statewide, especially as it pertains to conversion therapy for minors which is a terrible thing I think to even be existing in modern America."

In addition to the flag in Scranton, there are numerous events planned for LGBTQ Pride Month around our area.

27 comments

  • shinky43

    Lots rainbow flags in the skook nowadays. It seems like the LGBT community found a home there. The area has had many people confused about their sexy time. Maybe this will help. Prayers

  • navybluesweatpants

    Girardville PA is the place to be if you’re LGBT! They have drag shows all the time now and local guys come out of the closet all the time. It’s the most fun ever! Forget Scranton, if you’re gay come to Girardville!

    • rjelq

      At least the skook is lgbt friendly. Things have been really changing in the skook for the better. The foodie culture of cheesesammys took over the kalbasi craze. The drag shows in Giardville and shendo took over the 80s hairband bars. Move to skook if you want change. There is also fake train stations in tamaqua and pottsville.

    • J (@ds18301)

      I’ll ignore your abject ignorance concerning biology — get educated. However if you really believe god is “watching”: 1) your god is creepy and 2) why would you feel compelled to make your inane comments? Your faith is clearly non-existent and you really (as usual) just feel compelled to spew hate (sad that this makes you so happy). So many who scream the loudest on this non-issue, likely have “secrets” about their own lives –just look at the long list of so-called “pro-family, anti-gay, born again” GOP legislators and pastors whose careers have ended when their true lives were revealed.

    • DB Cooper

      Well, if you’re right and God is watching, what was that thing he said about judging others, again? Such and such, please don’t ye do that or thy shall cast a spell on thee, or some crap like that?

    • DB Cooper

      Beg pardon, but how is it that you came across that page from the agenda? Oh well, the secret’s out now. At this point, if you can kindly stop reading, I’d like to address members only from here on out. Nothing interesting, just going to talk about Lady Gaga, runway fashion, silly things like that…

      Alright fellow fab folks, now that we’re alone it’s time to discuss next steps:

      As stated in the Q2 newsletter we’ve finally convinced Scranton to fly the flag! As step one is complete, we can now begin stages two through 4.

      Remember, your individual goal this Pride month is to convert one breeder per week. Based on the size and altitude of this year’s flag, we estimate that a ten second gaze will be sufficient to turn an average breeder aged 25-40. Seniors, or vision-impaired breeders may need eyeglasses or contact lenses to help facilitate the conversion, and may take up to thirty seconds to fully convert; therefore, a simple gaze at the flag while driving by may not prove sufficient. You may need to arrange to walk them by the flag, and stop to point it out, in order to achieve the desired effect.

      Once you have converted four breeders, your job is done. Congratulations! Please contact your regional director to request form G-17 and collect your complimentary brunch voucher!

      If you’re truly a superstar, we all know you’re gunning for the gold star package – the all-expenses paid seats on this summer’s gay cruise! In order to enter the running for this coveted prize, you must achieve Unicorn status! As you know, we make (and spend!) much more money than our straight counterparts, and thus contribute more per capita to our local economy. Proud as we are of this accomplishment, we all know our agenda also includes raising these dismal property values so we can squeeze out these remaining broke homophobic locals. We’ve been doing great so far (just ask your friendly local realtor) but it’s not enough anymore to just set the example. We need to (again!) force our views on other locals. So if you want that cruise, you’d better start befriending local wives!

      We all know women love us, and want to be our best friends. This Pride month, make sure to befriend at least five local wives! Once you’ve got a group under your thumb, you can start executing the true plan – convincing them to leave their disgusting, homophobic pig husbands – thus destroying even more American families! Start by criticizing the slob’s clothes, then its drinking, then its hair. and teeth Once you focus on the small flaws, you can start on the important stuff – its job (or lack thereof) and don’t forget to point out how lazy and ungrateful it is! Once she’s filed for divorce, you can easily convert her, and then she will usually convert her children. Statistics show this process takes the average Unicorn as little as three weeks – so if you start now, you’ll finish just in time for the grand prize drawing!

      Best of luck to you all! I’ll see you all at the district awards gala, and remember – membership dues are requested before July 1st. Don’t risk losing your brunch pass – sign up for auto debit today!

      Kisses
      D

  • burtfan16

    Live and let live people. I have a lot more to say on the subject but I think that covers it.

  • AMJoy Fan

    Flags are nice, but action is what is needed. The city really needs to move into the 21st Century and establish a Human Rights Commission to ensure there is never any discrimination against or hostility towards members of the LGBTQ community in the city.

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