PHOTOS: Community Gathers at City Hall Rainbow Flag-Lowering in Honor of Gloria Casarez



This afternoon Mayor Michael Nutter hosted an emotional flag-lowering ceremony at City Hall to honor his administration’s Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, Gloria Casarez. Casarez passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

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Mayor Nutter to Honor Gloria Casarez With Rainbow Flag Lowering

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The City of Philadelphia just announced via its Facebook page that Mayor Nutter will host a rainbow-flag-lowering ceremony to honor the life of Gloria Casarez this afternoon at 1 p.m.

Casarez—who served as the first director for the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs—passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was 42 years old.

The ceremony will take place this afternoon(October 20th), at 1 p.m., at City Hall. Full details below:

WHAT: Mayor Nutter, City officials and employees and members of the Philadelphia community will celebrate the life of Gloria Casarez, the first Director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs, who passed away yesterday, with a flag lowering ceremony.

Mayor Nutter has ordered that the rainbow flag, which is currently being flown in honor of LGBT History Month, will be lowered to half staff.

WHERE: City Hall, Dilworth Plaza Northeast Corner Flag Poles

WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014 1:00 p.m. TODAY

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