On June 15th, 2012, Pride Week celebrations were once again launched by raising the Rainbow Flag at an official Pride flag-raising ceremony at the Town of Richmond Hill civic centre.
The Rainbow Flag was first flown in York Region by the Town of Newmarket in 2002, but then followed years without any sign of the flag in any municipality. As evidence of York Region's transformation into one of Canada's most diverse and tolerant regions, 2009 saw a dramatic change when the City of Vaughan and Towns of Markham and Newmarket agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag during our Pride Week. The Towns of Georgina and Aurora joined this new tradition in 2010. And in 2011, the Town of Richmond Hill not only agreed to fly the flag, but also hosted the region's first official flag-raising ceremony.

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