We are gathering for two Saturday mornings, May 20 and 27, from 10 am – Noon to make rainbow bracelets. We will give them away at PPMCC’s booth at Colorado Springs Pridefest in July. Join us either or both Saturdays for fun and crafting!
If you are available for this volunteer opportunity on Saturday, April 4 please sign up at the back table in the sanctuary.
If you don’t have a vehicle to haul materials, here is another opportunity to get involved! The Victory Gardens could also use donations of seeds for lettuce, kale and other dark greens. Donations of used garden tools, watering cans, hoses, sprayers, trellises and tomato cages are also greatly appreciated. Contact Trudy Welsh for more information.
Over the past month, much of the country and the world has celebrated Pride events ranging from parades to rallies to parties and festivals. In just a couple of weeks, we will celebrate Pride in Colorado Springs with a two day festival and a parade. From time to time I hear people ask, “Why do we need Pride?” It is a valid question, and the answer is multi-layered.
First, we need Pride to remember our history as a people. Coming out in previous decades was a more dangerous decision than perhaps it is today. People lived and socialized in secret, faced unfathomable abuses like electroshock therapy, commitment to institutions and more. By 1969, some in the community had had enough, and on a night in New York when the police harassed patrons of the Stonewall Inn, the patrons fought back and what we now call the “Pride Movement” was born.
On the occasion of that event, there was a small church in California, not yet one year old reaching out to the community and speaking out for justice for gay and lesbian people. Rev. Troy Perry had a vision of a church that would minister to the spiritual and justice needs of an abused community. That church continues today, having grown up with the Pride movement. We pause during Pride events to remember the horrors of the past and the victories that were won by our courageous brothers and sisters who came before us.
We need Pride not only to see how far we have come in our quest for justice, but also as a reminder of how far we have yet to go. Our quest continues to grow as we strive not only for inclusion as GLBT people, but also for fair treatment of people affected by HIV and for marriage equality. Pride events allow us to speak out and to “fire up the base” as well as to continue seeking the support of our allies in this cause for justice.
A third reason for Pride is visibility. To some this means letting our community be visible to the mainstream community, letting them know that we are here and that we are demanding justice for all. Even as important as that is, the visibility to people who are within our community is essential. People struggling with self-acceptance issues, rejection issues, or the loneliness of living in the closet live a painful and lonely existence. Seeing that there are so many others who are somewhere on that same journey toward full integration of who we are in terms of sexual orientation or gender identity or family structure can begin to bring some light into those dark, lonely and frightening places in our lives. If one person is saved from despair, isolation, or the too often “solution” of suicide, then all of the work of Pride is worthwhile.
Whatever reason you have for participating in Pride events, I encourage you to think about all the reasons that Pride exists and to take time in celebrating who you are as a person—gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, heterosexual (or whatever identity you wish to claim—to celebrate and offer thanks for the pioneers who preceded and birthed the movement and to offer a prayer for all who are struggling with their own identity or that of a loved one. Let us be a light to the world for justice and right.