No, the city didn’t take down the flag that it proudly raised Monday in support of transgender rights. It was simply relocated to a more “prominent” location, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office.
On Tuesday, some wondered why a Polish flag had been swapped for the transgender pride flag, just one day after it had been unfurled above the brick expanse of City Hall Plaza during a public ceremony hosted by the mayor.
“Well, that didn’t last long: Trans flag taken down and replaced with Polish flag at City Hall,” tweeted Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin.
But Bonnie McGilpin, a spokeswoman for Walsh’s office, said that when the Polish flag was raised Tuesday in celebration of Polish Constitution Day, the transgender pride flag was taken to the other side of the building, where more people would see it.
“[It] has been moved to the flagpoles facing the Congress Street entrance to City Hall, a more prominent location across from Faneuil Hall,” she said in a statement. “The flag is currently flying directly next to the American flag.”
Walsh even sent a reminder on social media that the blue, pink, and white flag was still flapping in the wind, high above the city’s streets.
“#TransFlag is still flying at City Hall. The City of Boston stands in unity [with] transgender individuals,” the mayor tweeted.
Walsh said Monday that the flag would remain in place until the Massachusetts transgender public accommodation bill is passed.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.