Mayor Duggan Releases Statement Regarding Hamtramck Pride Flag Ban

Detroit continues its quest to support its LGBTQIA+ residents, even as other cities in Michigan actively do the opposite.

In response to the city of Hamtramck banning Pride flags on city property, Mayor Mike Duggan released the following statement yesterday:

“The City of Detroit proudly raises our Pride Flag at the start of every Pride Month and allows it to fly throughout the year to show our unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community and the diversity within. It’s the role of city officials to ensure everyone feels welcome in their community, and everyone is welcome here in Detroit.”

Two days ago, Hamtramck’s city council unanimously approved banning the Pride flag on city property. The city’s population is 50 percent from Yemen or Bangladesh; it’s also a place that attracts LGBTQIA+ people because of its arts scene and affordable housing.

A coalition of conservative Christian and conservative Muslims used religious freedom arguments—namely that displaying the flag on city property violates their religious beliefs—to support the ban while stating that queer people are still welcome to Hamtramck.

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