As the nation observes LGTBQ pride month, leaders in New York marked an historic moment for the state this week.
For the first time, the rainbow pride flag was raised over the state capital in Albany.
It coincided with the opening of a pride month exhibit called “equality will never be silent” in the capitol building. The exhibit will remain open all summer.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the exhibit as a celebration of the state’s rich history pushing for LGBTQ equality.
Many see New York as the birthplace of the movement — starting with the uprising at Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, 50 years ago this month.
The uprising sparked mass protests against the criminalization of homosexuality.
It was the start of the gay rights movement, which over the decades became the modern LGBTQ rights movement.