We want to start by saying Happy Pride Month!
That being said, we would be complacent if we didn't openly address the national state of affairs. Let us be plainly transparent; Black Lives Matter. The LGBTQ community owes an incredible deal of gratitude to our black family. Without leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, there would be no Pride to celebrate. In so many ways our narratives as a queer community directly intersects and supports people of color, and it’s during these tumultuous times that we do our part to remember.
June is Pride Month, but this Pride month looks very different, lest we forgot that June 19th is Juneteenth. Let us celebrate and support our black community. Let us be pulled to action by our love and vibrance. Let us be LOUD and PROUD to avoid being complicit. Let us use our platforms from bar titles to national activists to bolster the cause.
Our River City Pride Festival is still being planned and will occur in some way. Details will be posted here as soon as there are updates. We are tirelessly working with community organizations to plan not only a safe event, but also one that will be a true testament of the spirit of Evansville’s LGBTQ.
Be safe out there and love one another as best you can.
Here are some useful links:
Marsha P. Johnson - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsha_P._Johnson
Juneteenth - https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com/
NPR - A Decade of Watching Black People Die - https://www.npr.org/2020/05/29/865261916/a-decade-of-watching-black-people-die
Human Rights Campaign — Being African-American and LGBTQ - https://www.hrc.org/resources/being-african-american-lgbtq-an-introduction
Evansville’s African American Museum - https://evvafricanamericanmuseum.wordpress.com/
Indy10 Black Lives Matter - https://www.facebook.com/Indy10People/
In light of the currant situation facing us concerning Covid19 we are announcing that River City Pride will be postponing our 2ndannual Pride Parade and Celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 6th.
As we are enthusiastic that we will gather again in celebration soon, we are realistic that said celebration may not resemble last year’s. We are aware that it will take time to recover not only financially but also emotionally. It is our belief that our LGBTQ+ community is up for that challenge.
As in decades past, the LGBTQ+ community has been faced with many adversities.
As our history has shown us, we have always faced these adversities locked in a loyalty of Fellowship.
WE WILL NOT FAIL TO DO SO AGAIN.
While we are currently securing a future date, we are also coordinating our efforts in helping those in the LGBTQ+ and our Supportive Members who are directly impacted by this Pandemic. We will be posting a list of Local Organizations and resources to help in doing just that.
And so, until it is deemed safe to gather once again in celebration, we at River City Pride urge our community to continue to social distance and follow all guidelines to remain strong and well.
Please remember, PRIDE is not just a yearly party.
PRIDE is also a feeling of satisfaction derived from achievements based on shared identities, cultures, and experiences.
Therefore PRIDE is something we should feel and celebrate every single day.
Stay strong, safe, and well.
We ARE all in this together.
If you are interested in receiving email updates once we have reestablished our Pride event date, please reach out to the following:
To unite, educated, and serve the LGBTQ+ and supportive members of the community In Evansville and surrounding areas. To celebrate and advocate our history while providing a safe space for networking and outreach where all who attend may be themselves.