Pride events a-go, despite Pridefest cancellation

Community organizations are still taking the week to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Posted: Jul. 19, 2018 7:29 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – This year’s Rochester Pridefest is cancelled.

But community organizations are still working to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Lydia Ewing-green works with Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester, one of the organizations still celebrating Pride this week.

She said she was disappointed to learn the actual week-long event was cancelled, but said it’s important to still recognize people being who they are.

“Pride is always a good way to celebrate all of us living as our authentic selves and we want to celebrate those people who haven't felt celebrated or embraced,” she said.

Ewing-green said more than support will help from a cancellation like this from happening again.

“We need not just support in spirit but also feet on the ground, hands in action. That's what will make next year's Pridefest a success,” she said.

She encourages everyone to bring their ideas, talents, and help planning next year.

Here is the latest list of pride events happening this week, in lou of Pridefest:

THURSDAY JULY 19
Dr. Julia Serano, transgender feminist author speaking, 5pm at Healthy Living Center, Subway 200
Happy Hour, 5-7pm at Roosters Too! (weekly event)

FRIDAY JULY 20
Youth Prom for grades 7-12, 6:30pm at Rochester Public Library
Dragagonza for ages 18+, 8pm at Event Center ($10 admission)

SATUDAY JULY 21
Pride Celebration, 10am-12pm at Rochester Public Library
Pride Potluck Picnic, 12-3pm, Front Lawn of Peace Church

SUNDAY JULY 22
Pride Worship Service, 9:30am at Peach Church

MONDAY JULY 23
Queer Dance Party! 7pm at Canvas and Chardonnay ($5 suggested donation)

SATURDAY AUGUST 4
Transforming Families Picnic, 11:30-2:30pm, Silver Lake 3 links Park Shelter

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