Third Annual PRIDE event July 19-20

Rockford-area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their straight allies will celebrate their third annual PRIDE the weekend of July 19-20 with a Saturday night drag show and celebration at The Office, 513 E. State St. Sunday will include a family-friendly, alcohol-free picnic supporting passage of the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), 1-8 p.m. at Rockford’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. We’ll have a DJ, games, food for purchase and other vendors. Bring your picnic blankets and join us.

While Illinois’ nondiscrimination law protects LGBT people, they can be discriminated against in employment in 29 states. Passage of ENDA will guarantee that sexual orientation or gender identity will no longer be cause for people to lose their jobs.

Rockford has LGBT-supportive churches, high school gay-straight alliances, an RVC student group, Velocity RVC, and a PFLAG chapter, but it lacks a sense of LGBT identity and cohesion. We hope these PRIDE events will build community and show Rockford that we are present in every facet of our diverse city. Other sponsors of the event include Velocity RVC and AARP.

Curt McKay
Steering Committee
Rockford Area PRIDE Picnic

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

4 thoughts on “Third Annual PRIDE event July 19-20

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    May all people of good will pray and help those who carry the cross and disorder of same sex attraction.

    • Jul 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Hey Kevin, may all the good people pray for those who “think” same-sex attraction is a disorder. 🙂

  • Jul 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

    i am so very greatful for what you guy’s do! As a huge supporter of the LBGT community, hats off to you!!!!! As a bi-sexual woman, thank you!!!!!! keep up the great work!!!!

  • Jul 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Kevin, REALLY?? Cross and disorder??? God created these individuals and “God doesn’t make junk”!! I will pray for your soul as your judging of them will NEVER get you into heaven. Bless you my child.

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