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      CNY Pride Week kicks off with flag raising at Syracuse City Hall

      A flag synonymous with the gay rights movement is flying above Syracuse City Hall this week; a symbol of how far our community has come, and still has to go, in the advancement of gay rights across the country.

      City leaders and CNY Pride organizers raised the rainbow flag at City Hall Monday morning to mark the start of CNY Pride Week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Central New York's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals.

      Mayor Stephanie Miner says she's proud of the progress she's seen across the nation in recent years, in New York State, and especially in Central New York.

      Syracuse was one of the first cities to pass a Fair Practices Law. She says we owe it to the next generation to make sure our community is a welcoming place for all.

      "There are few moments in life when you can say, 'My advocacy really did change not just statewide policy, but national policies.' Your advocacy has done that," Mayor Miner said.

      There are various activities planned as the city celebrates CNY Pride Week, with the highlight being a parade and festival this Saturday, June 15. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the Solar Street Parking lot at Destinyi USA, and will finish where the festival will be held, at the amphitheater at the Inner Harbor.

      Other events include a Pride Interfaith Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the All Saints Roman Catholic Church on Lancaster Avenue and a showing of "Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement" on Thursday at 7 p.m. at ArtRage on Hawley Avenue.

      Marriage Equality is this year's theme. Couples who have married since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act will serve as Grand Marshals.