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Morgan Hill Hosts Pride Flag Raising Ceremony Featuring Student Leader Yozer Wang

Morgan Hill Hosts Pride Flag Raising Ceremony Featuring Student Leader Yozer Wang
Morgan Hill Hosts Pride Flag Raising Ceremony Featuring Student Leader Yozer Wang

On May 31st, the city of Morgan Hill hosted a Pride Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate Pride Month. The event featured four guest speakers, including Yozer Wang, a rising senior at Oakwood High School and co-President of the Oakwood Pride Club. The audience was composed of many Oakwood families and faculty members, Morgan Hill City Council Members, the Mayor of Morgan Hill, Mark Turner, and California State Representative for District 28, Gail Pellerin.

During the ceremony, Yozer delivered a powerful speech about the significance of flags, the meaning of the Pride flag, and ways to support LGBTQ+ youth. He stated, "The flag we honor today tells us that we are all human, regardless of who we love, how we love, and when we love. It reminds us that safety is a human right, and that love is what unites us as a species. [The flag] boasts six colors. Red, for life. Orange, for healing. Yellow, for sunlight. Green, for nature. Indigo, for serenity. And violet, for spirit...Queer visibility is now more important than ever, so that we can fight the prejudice that still oppresses transgender youth, queer people of color, and many, many more." His words resonated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of celebrating Queer voices and the ongoing need for Pride Month.

During June, let's remember that the Oakwood Community champions kindness, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth within our community is crucial for fostering an open and welcoming environment. This month, let's support LGBTQ+ artists and businesses, advocate for better access to mental health support and equality, and educate ourselves and others about Queer history. Most importantly, let's stand up for LGBTQ+ rights and oppose discrimination and hate.

Happy Pride Month!

Written by Yozer Wang, Class of 2025