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caption: A new, more inclusive Pride flag debuts at the Washington Capitol in Olympia on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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A new, more inclusive Pride flag debuts at the Washington Capitol in Olympia on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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New, more inclusive Pride flag debuts at Washington Capitol

A new, more inclusive Pride flag is now flying over the Washington State Capitol campus in Olympia.

Several members of the LGBTQ+ community joined Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday for a special flag-raising ceremony.

“Raising this flag has a purpose: it is a purpose of continued commitment, not just celebration," Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. "Because we have to understand that there are still voices of intolerance. There are those who still feel threatened, who still won’t allow people to be who they will be.”

The new Pride flag includes colors that represent intersex and transgender people along with people of color.

Supreme Court Justice Helen Whitener spoke at the flag-raising event. She discussed her experience being a Black woman and a lesbian serving on the state’s high court.