Wilton Manors is donating multiple pieces of its history.
City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said the city will donating the Transgender Flag it flew for the first time at Jaycee Park on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
It will also be donating the minutes from the meeting where the commission voted to fly the Transgender Flag, a letter from commissioners, and the first Pride Flag flown by the city in May of 2016. All the items will be donated to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale.
At the March 28 meeting where commissioners voted to fly the Transgender Flag, multiple transgender individuals said it would send a message of support to their community.
The Transgender Flag was donated by To The Moon owner Anthony Dumas. Henderson said Dumas also donated another Transgender Flag for the city to fly. Along with the International Transgender Day of Visibility, the city will fly the Transgender Flag three other times every year – Transgender Flag Day (Aug. 19), Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20), and the week of the city’s Stonewall Festival in June.
“We at Stonewall National Museum & Archives are honored to add these important symbols of the city's commitment to visibility and pride to our permanent collection,” wrote Chris Rudisill, Stonewall’s executive director, in an email. “Since our founding here in South Florida 43 years ago, we have recognized the importance of the many lives and voices that make up this vibrant community and help shape a heritage for generations to come. These symbols will forever honor their creators, Monica Helms, and the recently-departed Gilbert Baker, along with this historic moment for the City of Wilton Manors.”