Rainbow flag at City Hall on Coming Out Day

Published: 11 October 2018Modified: 11 October 2018

The municipality hoisted the rainbow flag by the main entrance to The Hague City Hall on the Spui for the first time during the International Coming Out Day.

From now on the flag will hang in place of The Hague’s green and yellow flag each year on Coming Out Day. The rainbow flag symbolises the diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity.

On International Coming Out Day, 11 October, the Municipality of The Hague shows that all sexual orientations are accepted. The Hague is working together with the neighbouring rainbow municipalities: Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Westland, Zoetermeer and COC Haaglanden and DWV Delft.

The original rainbow flag was created 40 years ago by the American artist Gilbert Baker for the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco in 1978 as a symbol of gay pride. The flag has since grown into the icon for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement.

'Coming Out, Coming In'

You can visit the photo exposition ‘Coming Out, Coming In’ in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall. The people in the photographs tell their coming out stories.

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