'We won't be forced back into the closet'

LGBTQ replaces burned Pride flag

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio joins the LGBTQ community at the installation of a new Pride flag replacing the one burned over the weekend. Photo by Mar-Vic Cagurangan

Despite remarkable progress in the movement toward equality, the LGBTQ community continues to fight prejudice and intolerance, Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio said Monday, smarting from the burning of the Pride flag in Hagatna over the weekend.

"This incident reminds us that not everybody's on the same thinking," said the LGBTQ lieutenant governor. "We have to constantly fight just to make sure that the majority sentiment and the moral compass of our community are with us."

Members of Guam's LGBTQ community held a hasty gathering in front of the Congress building in Hagatna to quickly replace the burned Pride flag.

"We do consider that, definitely, an act of violence," Tenorio said of the flag burning. "We want to show the community, especially the LGBTQ youth, that there is a support system here and that no matter what happens, we're going to win. They can burn it again, we'll bring it right back the next day."

Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes called for an investigation into the Pride flag burning, which took place as Guam joins the rest of the world in celebrating Pride Month.