Pride Flag

Raising LGBTQ+ Visibility in Marin One Flag At a Time

 

Our Mission

We aim to increase the number of Pride flags displayed in Marin County to show support for our LGBTQ+ youth.

 

Our Strategy


2020

Assuming that Marin is already a welcoming community, we hang a PRIDE flag on our community's main banner-hanging bridge, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield. 

The flag is cut down. We replace it. Five times.

2021

The Marin Flag Project is founded to increase visibility and inclusion in Marin.   We pass out 100 flag flyers to local businesses and use Nextdoor and social media to encourage community members to use our website resources to display Pride flags. We are thrilled to be invited to create a huge Pride month display in a storefront at the Corte Madera Village mall. We also encounter pushback and rejection in some surprising places.


In December 2021, we raise money through a pop-up gift wrapping business at the Village to enable us to grow by purchasing Pride flags to distribute for free in 2022.

2022

Because the Trevor Project's 2022 research shows that if youth find ONE supportive adult it decreases their risk of depression and suicide, we are distributing Pride flag flyers specifically to the places where youth look for these adults. We provide flag flyers and information to every pediatrician office, hospital, elementary school, middle school, high school, library, place of worship, city hall and police station in Marin County. As of May 25, we have distributed over 1000 flag flyers.


We continue to reach out to businesses in major retail areas and all Chambers of Commerce in Marin to provide flyers and/or full sized flags to incorporate into their June store displays. The response is great!

We broaden our social media outreach and engage other local youth and high schools to drive the project's outreach and goals, and to build momentum for #marinPRIDE to celebrate all flags on display across Marin county.

 
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How You Can Help

 

Fly a Flag

Fly a Pride flag to celebrate Pride Month! If you are a youth-facing organization you can request a free flag from us below. Individuals can purchase one here.

Post a Flyer

Show your support by printing this flag flyer and putting it up in your window!

Tell Us!

Fill out this quick form to tell us you're flying a flag or have posted a flag flyer.

Display

Download a full Pride information display to use at your school, library, place of worship, business, or organization.

Donate

Donate to the Youth Program at Marin's only LGBTQ+ organization, the Spahr Center.

#marinPRIDE

Celebrate any Pride flag you see flying in Marin!  Post a photo on Instagram and tag #marinPRIDE

 
 

Does flying the Pride flag actually help?

The research says “yes!”

According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, “The public visibility and presence of the symbol help young people feel better, find resources, identify supportive individuals and feel belonging to the larger communities...The display of rainbows is one of the.. conditions that help young people in their positive identity development.” Even in a community where LGBTQ+ people are generally accepted, self-discovery is still an extremely nerve-wracking process, and not all youth will be supported if they choose to come out. At the same time, Marin is not very visible in their support, which needs to change because, “LGBTQ youth who had access to spaces that affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide” according to the 2021 Trevor Project report. 

 

45% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide
in the past year.

Even in communities LGBTQ+ youth describe as “somewhat accepting” (like Marin)
13% of LGBTQ youth attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

 

Why fly a flag this year?

The Trevor Project found that 70% of LGBTQ+ youth are dealing with anxiety or depression. In fact, 45% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth. Meanwhile, more than 80% of LGBTQ+ youth stated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful-— and only 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ youth found their home to be LGBTQ+-affirming. Quarantine has cut youth’s ties with local support groups and increased exposure to unaccepting family members. Problems that do arise go unnoticed to the public because their situation has become invisible.


LGBTQ+ youth can also see that people like them are increasingly targeted in hate crimes and nationwide legislation that specifically targets LGBTQ+ youth. In California, hate crimes involving sexual orientation bias increased 24% between 2015 and 2019 (Office of the Attorney General - California Department of Justice). The Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, currently tracks 10 known anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups in California, and the most recent FBI hate crimes report shows that hate crimes based on sexual orientation represent the third-largest category after race and religion.  Marin is not immune, and LGBTQ+ targeted hate incidents are on the rise in our own community.

 

1 in 5 of every youth

you know today.

Nearly 1 in 5 Marin youth will likely identify as LGBTQ+ before they finish high school, according to 2022 Gallup research. On average, youth are age 12 when they first feel they might not be straight-- but 27% are under 10, 14% when between the ages of 11 and 14, and 19% between ages 15 to 19. 

 

Impact and Supporters

The Marin Flag Project has distributed over 1200 flags and flag flyers since 2021.

Let's celebrate these organizations that have committed to us that they will display the Pride flag and/ or our flag flyer to support Marin's youth:

Education

Laurel Dell Elementary, San Anselmo

Edna McGuire Elementary, Mill Valley

Bacich Elementary, Kentfield

Neil Cummins Elementary, Larkspur

Cove Elementary, Corte Madera 

Kent Middle, Kentfield

Hall Middle, Larkspur

Del Mar Middle, Tiburon

Davidson Middle, San Rafael

Mill Valley Middle, Mill Valley

Redwood High School, Larkspur

Archie Williams High School, San Anselmo

Ross Valley School Offices

Kentfield School District Offices

Larkspur-Corte Madera District Office

Mark Day School, San Rafael

We have sent flag flyers to every school in Marin County and will update here with confirmed participants.

Medical

Marin Health Hospital

We have sent flag flyers to all pediatricians and hospitals in Marin, and will update here with confirmed participants.

Worship

We have sent flag flyers to all worship communities in Marin, and will update here with confirmed participants.

 

Business

The Village at Corte Madera

Macy's

Polestar

Aveda

UntuckIt

Jo Malone

Fabletics

Homespun Market

Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

West Marin Pet Hospital

We have sent flag flyers to many major retail communities, all Chambers of Commerce and many tourism boards in Marin, and will update here with confirmed participants.

Government

Marin County Civic Center

Corte Madera Town Council

Marin County Department of Public Works

We have sent flag flyers to every city council in Marin, and will update here with confirmed participants.

Neighbors

Marin Rowing Association

We receive many individuals pledging support on our Nextdoor posts and via email, and will share select examples here.

 

Are you in? Share your thoughts

Thanks for submitting!

 
 
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MarinHealth Medical Center

Dr. xxx forwarded the email that you sent to her regarding your project to have more Pride flags up in Marin. I wanted to personally reply and share that when I brought this to our executive team everyone was 100% supportive. MarinHealth Medical Center will soon have a Pride flag flying on our campus! I ordered the flag last week and I expect it to be up before the end of the week.


I hope that you have been successful in getting others to do the same, thank you for the good work you are doing in Marin!

-VP, Marketing and Communications

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.”

Jason Collins