First Pride flag raising in Warren County history

Blairstown, NJ Rainbow Pride flag raising on June 5, 2021
Blairstown, NJ Rainbow Pride flag raising on June 5, 2021

Blairstown Democrats organized the local LGBTQ community to raise awareness of Pride month

The Blairstown Democrats supported the community in Warren County and the surrounding areas by organizing Warren County’s first-ever rainbow Pride flag raising. In observance of LGBTQ Pride Month the iconic Footbridge Park in downtown Blairstown was the event location on June 5.

The Blairstown, NJ Rainbow Pride flag raising on June 5, 2021
The Blairstown, NJ Rainbow Pride flag raising on June 5, 2021

The collective efforts of the Blairstown Democrats included creating a petition that garnered over 344 signatures in support of raising the Pride flag. It included a town proclamation, numerous letters of support sent to town committee members, fundraising, organizing and orchestrating the town’s first Pride event.

The event drew an estimated 200 people to the inaugural ceremonial rainbow Pride flag raising. “This is a huge deal for Warren County. To have advocates, township leaders and members of the LGBTQ community come together for the first time in support of the LGBTQ+ community in Blairstown is unprecedented and a tremendous step forward for our town and county,” said Blairstown Democrats Municipal Chair Gina Trish. “This area will no longer lag behind other parts of the state in supporting fundamental issues of equality. We do not accept that and the Blairstown Democrats are proud to be a part of the effort to bring representation and support for our LGBTQ+ community.”

The event program, MC’d by community member Henry Doell, included remarks by Trish, Blairstown Methodist Church Reverend David Tillisch, Newton Presbyterian Church Pastor David Young, and several other members of the LGBTQ community.

Blairstown Mayor Moorhead and Councilman Orcutt provided remarks and read a town proclamation declaring the township’s support for the LGBTQ community.

Music was performed by local opera singer Alison Bolshoi. She was joined by residents Craig Evans and Brian Kathenes, and DJ Lindsay Klein. There was also a pet pride costume contest awarding prizes to the top three pets with the most Pride.

The town of Phillipsburg in the southern part of Warren County also celebrated their first-ever Pride flag raising on June 28.