ALBANY, N.Y, (WENY) -- For the first time in New York State history, the LGBTQ flag is being raised over the State Capitol.

The flag raising coincides with the opening of the LGBTQ Pride Month exhibit at the Capitol, which celebrates New York's LGBTQ community.  It also recognizes the meaningful political, cultural, and artistic impacts of 16 LGBTQ New Yorkers.

The month of June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the Stone Wall Riots of 1969.