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Pride Week kicks off at City Hall amid small protest

Supporters and members of Buffalo’s LGBTQ community and the Pride Center of Western New York filled Niagara Square on Tuesday to launch the 26th Annual Pride Week in Buffalo with the raising of two flags in front of City Hall: the rainbow Pride flag and the blue, pink and white Transgender Pride flag.

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But not all of them were happy.

To make Buffalo more inclusive, over the years the city has banned all nonessential travel to states with anti-LGBT legislation, said Crystal Rodriguez, the city’s first chief diversity officer. In addition, gender neutral bathrooms have been installed in City Hall, and the city’s insurance policy was updated to cover transitioning employees.

But Camille Hopkins – the first city employee to openly transition – and a small group of protesters said more needs to be done. They want city administrators to enact transitioning guidelines for its transgender employees, their supervisors  and other staff.

Pride Week runs through Sunday.

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