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By Lou Marzeles

Pride flag flap shows culture division


Lou Marzeles

FLAG RAISING QUESTIONS: The Pride flag (third one down) flies over the Goldendale Department of Social and Health Services office, in observance of Pride Month for the LGBTQ community. The flag prompted a lot of inquiries, most of which were deflected by the office, according to several reports.

You get the sense the folks at the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in Goldendale might be a little stressed by questions about the Pride flag flying in front of their office. Their careful deflection of questions-which in Goldendale are not out of curiosity, mostly, but out of concern-paints a striking picture of the polarization occurring in the state, in turn an indication of that phenomenon across the country.

A refresher: the Pride flag is a multicolored flag representing the LGBTQ community, an emblem of self-esteem for the broad gay constituencies throughout the country. In the wild in Goldendale, you wouldn't necessarily expect this flag to be raised-not that...

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