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JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH: CELEBRATE WITH CVILLE PRIDE
Nonprofit hosts its annual end-of-year potluck picnic and marches in solidarity with an equality events taking place around the world
Charlottesville, VA – Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Local nonprofit Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) will celebrate Pride Month this weekend with two community events.
Pride Potluck Picnic
The potluck picnic takes place on Saturday, June 10, at Washington Park from 2-6 p.m.
“It’s a low-key family gathering,” says Siri Russell, Cville Pride organizer. “It’s a chance for LGBTQ families to picnic, for teens to meet up, and for people, including allies, to eat, talk, play games, and get a sense of community.”
People wanting to participate are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert to share, although all are welcome.
Solidarity Equality March
On Sunday, June 11, Charlottesville will join cities around the world in an “Equality March for Unity & Pride,” a grassroots movement intended to mobilize diverse communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape that is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ individuals.
Participants will meet at the IX Art Park at 10 a.m. and walk to the Downtown Mall Free Speech Wall. Cville Pride will provide sign-making materials and provide postcards for people to mail to their elected representatives.
“We want to encourage people to take action, right there and then,” says Julie Weed, Cville Pride Vice President. Weed explains, “We’re marching because across the country, but here as well, politicians are starting to introduce laws that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. In some places, states have already made it impossible for gay parents to adopt.”
Weed mentions something not everyone knows: That Virginians can be fired from a job or kicked out of housing and other public accommodations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“We’re still very vulnerable,” she says. “Especially trans people, who face, not just the bathroom issue, but some of the highest rates of violence and police mistreatment.”
Weed and other organizers hope the march will provide the LGBTQ community and allies a chance to gather in unity and peace.
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Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) is a Charlottesville-based nonprofit whose mission is to create a vibrant, visible, and inclusive LGBTQ community presence in Charlottesville, Albemarle and its surrounding region that promotes equality and integrates groups and individuals through events, education, outreach, and advocacy. Learn more at cvillepride.org.