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On Pride and staying engaged

June 10, 2017

 

 

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. [History]

 

This month, we honor the rights and the struggle of our LGBTQIA community. This month, we commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots and lift up the LGBTQIA community. We look back and celebrate the progress that has been made while also looking around and acknowledging the work we must still do.

 

 

 

Here are just a few ways you can celebrate and show your support with us during Pride Month:

 

Attend a Kitsap Pride event:

 

Kitsap Pride Picnic & Rally, June 11 in at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard (details)

Come out for a family friendly picnic, sponsored by the Kitsap Pride Network. Food will be provided by donation. Bring a sign or stop by our table to say hi and make one on the spot! This picnic is a benefit for the Kitsap Pride Network and Q Youth Resources and is our community’s local entry into the global LBGT Pride March and Rally. Come be a part of the global movement while supporting our local LGBTQ organizations.

 

“The Freedom to Marry” film showing, June 23-27 at the Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard (details)

This documentary tells the inside story of the fight for same-sex marriage equality in this country. Final showtimes will be posted later this month.

 

Twist Tops Film Festival, July 8 & 9 at Bainbridge Cinemas on Bainbridge Island (details)

Watch some of the best films from the Seattle Queer Festival right here in Kitsap!

 

Kitsap Pride 2017, July 15 at Evergreen Park in Bremerton (details)

We’d like to gather a group to volunteer at this event — setting up, tearing down, providing a security presence, etc. If you’re able to help, get in touch or sign up here.

 

Attend events in nearby cities:

 

There are a number of events happening in cities including Seattle, Tacoma, and Port Townsend. Check them out on our calendar.

 

Take action:

 

Stand up for the LGBTQIA community. Keep contacting your legislators, urging them to protect the LGBTQIA community and fight against discriminatory policies and laws. Say no to I-1552 and prevent it from making the ballot in Washington state. Team up with Washington Won’t Discriminate and WA SAFE Alliance - Kitsap County to achieve this goal.

 

Donate to organizations making an impact. There are lots of amazing organizations that have been working to support the LGBTQIA community both here in Kitsap County and nationally. You can check some of them out on this list. Consider making a donation or donating your time/talents by volunteering!

 

Call out discrimination. It’s easy to support a group online or by showing up to one of their events. It is much harder to step out in solidarity when we encounter discrimination face to face. Here are some words of advice when it comes to addressing microaggressions we might witness in our daily lives (as well as some points to consider regarding our own behaviors/language).

 

 

 

One last reflection… Even as Comey testified in the morning, I think the one thing I heard yesterday that shocked me most was the following:

 

"Senators are telling me that their phones have returned to normal, pre-Trump levels. A few dozen calls a day. That must end." [Ben Wikler, Washington Director of MoveOn]

 

A few dozen calls a day. That absolutely must end. We must keep the pressure up.

 

Wikler provided some great info on how and why to contact your legislators here. If you could use some reminders or prompts, check out: 5 Calls, The 65, or Daily Action. Text your representatives using Resistbot or find their contact info here. Whatever you do, keep up the pressure!

 

 

 

We hope to see you Wednesday, June 14 at our huddle (details here) and at some of the upcoming Pride events! Keep resisting, Kitsap!

 

 

 

“Hope will never be silent.” - Harvey Milk

 

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