Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Issue raised with adding NY flag to Castro’s flag pole

Looks like New York State’s flag may not be making an appearance in the Castro sky this weekend after all.

As the Bay Area Reporter‘s blog had noted Monday (July 18) the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro’s board last week unanimously approved a proposal to add an official Empire State flag below the over-sized Rainbow Flag that currently flies over the heart of San Francisco’s gayborhood.

Local gay blogger Michael Petrelis had made the request after obtaining a flag from his friend, openly gay New York State Senator Tom Duane (D), who bought an official New York flag and shipped it to San Francisco.

But Tuesday afternoon (July 19) MUMC President Steve Adams told the B.A.R. there was a problem with the plan. The specially designed flag pole does not have enough grommets to properly fly both flags.

“There is no way get the New York flag on the flag pole. We don’t have the grommets. It just won’t look right,” said Adams.

As a compromise Adams suggested a banner could be added with a message honoring the same-sex marriages set to take place in New York this Sunday, July 24. A black banner was added to the flag when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1986 to uphold the country’s sodomy laws.

“It needs to be big, though,” said Adams. “It needs to be 4 feet by 40 foot long.”

Whether organizers behind the New York flag effort will agree to that compromise remains to be seen. In an email Petrelis sent out late Tuesday afternoon he suggested it may be too late to create such a banner.

And he held out hope there may be a way to attach the New York flag still.

“There is also the possibility, IMHO, to simply use just the one clasp to hoist the NY flag. okay, it won’t look all that great, but it won’t be impeding traffic on Market Street and it will allow us to still stage a rally and flag raising ceremony,” wrote Petrelis in the email.

It remains to be seen if a deal can be worked out. One idea being floated is for people to still gather at Harvey Milk Plaza this weekend and merely hold up the Empire State flag.

Or possibly seeing if the property that houses Diesel could fly the flag on one of its various flag poles atop the building.

— Matthew S. Bajko, July 19, 2011 @ 6:44 pm PST
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