World’s largest Gay Pride flag hoisted in Venice

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Venice shows its love for the LGBTQ community Friday morning during an opening ceremony to Venice Pride. Photo: Venice Pride.

VENICE — The world’s largest Gay Pride flag is waving over Venice Beach.

The 1,410-square-foot flag was hoisted Friday morning as part of an opening ceremony of Venice Pride.

Previously, the largest Gay Pride flag measured 1,033 square feet and soared over Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

LARGEST GAY PRIDE FLAG

The new flag will fly over the Venice Beach Boardwalk through Sunday, the last day of Venice Pride, and then will be sent to San Francisco from June 23 to 25 for the flag’s 40th anniversary, the same weekend as San Francisco Pride. The flag was created in 1978 to help unite San Francisco’s LGBTQ community.

“As individual Pride festivals, we exist separately, but this initiative will give us the opportunity to link with global Pride activities over the next couple of years,” Grant Turck, executive director-founder-president of Venice Pride, told Q Voice News in April.

GAY PRIDE FLAG PARTNERSHIP

Venice Pride and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation partnered to create the flag. After San Francisco, the giant Gay Pride flag will be sent to eight domestic and international cities for their Pride celebrations as part of a “United We Pride” tour. The flag’s last stop will be New York City in June 2019.

Gay Pride

The world’s largest Gay Pride flag is waving over Venice Beach. The 1,410-square-foot flag was hoisted Friday morning as part of an opening ceremony of Venice Pride. Photo: Venice Pride.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an official healthcare partner with Venice Pride, paid to manufacture the flag and will send it around the globe.

It hasn’t been decided yet what will happen to the flag after it leaves New York City, Turck said.

GAY PRIDE FLAG TOUR

Here are the dates and cities for the “United We Pride” flag tour.

June 23-25 in San Francisco

June 30 in Paris

July 7 in London

July 28 in Berlin

August 5 in Vancouver

March 2, 2019 in Sydney, Australia

April 1-7, 2019 in Miami

April 26-May 5, 2019 in Tokyo

June 14-23, 2019 in New York City

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.