Huntington Beach

Flying LGBTQ flag on agenda

THE RAINBOW flag of the LGBTQ community (Wikipedia).

Two potentially contentious issues are on the agenda for tonight’s (Monday) meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council.

When the council convenes in virtual session at 6 p.m., it will consider a proposed social media policy for elected and appointed officials. Additionally, it will take up a request by Mayor Kim Carr and Councilmember Dan Kalmick to fly the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) flag at City Hall each year from the third week of May until June 30 and to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

Additionally, Kalmick is asking city staff to come back to the council with a policy for displaying flags at city facilities.

The proposed social media policy would require elected and appointed officials to adhere to the city’s Code of Ethics in using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

In years and months past there have been questions as to how the code should be interpreted and enforced.

As for the LGBTQ flag, the display of the “rainbow” flag has been approved in Long Beach, Anaheim, Fullerton, Anaheim and Irvine. But in Garden Grove in 2019, the issue of displaying the flag was controversial. The city council deadlocked on the issue, but a compromise was reached by agreeing to light up the city’s iconic clock tower at Main and Euclid streets with the rainbow colors.

Councilmember Erik Peterson will be absent, with permission, from the meeting.

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