On Wednesday, a rainbow flag was spotted just underneath the American flag outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, Va. A symbol that promotes diversity and inclusion, the rainbow flag will fly throughout the month of June to coincide with LGBT pride celebrations taking place in much of the country.
"We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen," said Sally Green, chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. "We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion."
The flag is being flown at the request of PRISM, an affinity group of LGBT employees and allies that was formed at the bank one year ago.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a proclamation that federally recognizes June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) month. June is the month LGBT pride is traditionally celebrated, but Richmond throws its pride celebration in September.
Many advocates for equality contend that the Federal Reserve Bank has not only raised a flag; they've also raised the bar for inclusivity in the city of Richmond.