Pride at the Y
Each June, millions of people around the world unite in a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, known as Pride Month. This June marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a violent police raid of a gay bar in Manhattan, which laid the groundwork for the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The first Pride marches took place in New York, L.A. and San Francisco the following year. Today, Pride is celebrated on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica) as a reminder that everyone deserves the right to be who they truly are.
Here at the YMCA, we are dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive space for all people, all the time, not just during Pride Month. To us, “inclusivity” means fostering a sense of safety and belonging within each and every person who steps through our doors. Every person, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity or sexual preference is welcome here. Our goal is to be a place that anyone can call home.
Pride Month is one step we are taking to celebrate the unique experiences and identities of our LGBTQ+ community members. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Pride event on June 28th from 2-5 p.m. This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. There will be a shaved ice truck, crafts, face painting and a Pride flag signing station in front of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA at 1901 Hoag Road. Immediately following, join us for an informative speaker series from 5-7 p.m in the Community Room. In this series, we will hear from local LGBTQ+ youth about their experiences, resources that are available to our community, and how we can be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community!
We hope that this will be the first of many Pride events in our future as we continue to work toward creating safe and inclusive space for all.