The first Fayette County Pride Event will be held this Saturday with the community invited to enjoy an afternoon of music, food and fun.
According to the Library of Congress website — www.loc.gov —, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual + (LGBTQIAP+ or LGBT for short) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible.
Recently, discussions on Facebook by Fayette County residents and natives highlighted a need for Pride celebrations within the county to help show acceptance of locals who may not have the support or love they could use. In this effort, local LGBT community members and event directors Airyn Muñoz and Autumn Callender have announced the first-ever county Pride celebration being held this Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.
During the event, Salty Broads Patio, located at 216 Court St. in downtown Washington Court House, has offered to handle the location and refreshments for the event. According to Muñoz, Salty Broads will have water available as well as sno-cones and paninis ranging in price from $1 to $6. Also at the event will be live entertainment, including bands and speakers who will share testimonies.
Currently, about 15 performances will occur on Saturday, including Alexandria Bellterra (drag), Lil Ink (rapper), Collin Alexander (dance), Demetrius Hargo (vocals/Ukulele) and New York LGBTQ+ organizer Tina Galyn, who is originally from Washington Court House.
“We have several local vendors as well as face painting and shirts for the event available,” Muñoz said. “We are having Free Mom Hugs as well!”
Muñoz said they have already started to receive donations and prizes to help support the event with a drawing and to help purchase tents, portable toilets and more as needs rise. Muñoz also said that each person who comes to the event will receive a ticket for a chance to win one of the prizes just for attending as a way to say thanks for the support.
The information in this article was provided by event director Airyn Muñoz.
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