The Astoria Column illuminated in pink light in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Astoria Column illuminated in pink light in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Even though Astoria has already hit the maximum number of requests to light the Astoria Column different colors for different causes, the City Council approved a request Monday night to light the monument in honor of Astoria Pride celebrations in June.

To organizers, the action signals important solidarity and support by city government. 

“That seems particularly important,” said Cameron Toman, the member of the Astoria Pride Committee who submitted the lighting request, “not to the individuals who will be at the Pride Parade — you know the ‘out and loud’ folks among us — but to the middle school kids who still get bullied because there’s nothing happening in their schools to prevent that, and the people in lots of working-class conditions who are unable to be out in their lives and in their employment because those conditions are unsafe.

“So hopefully the rainbow on the Column will be a bit of a beacon for people in town.”

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