Saturday, September 28, 2019

LGBTQ Pride Events Planned for Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoThe 4th Annual Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on October 5th from noon to 4 pm in Trinity Park.

It celebrates diversity, and inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical capability or any other inherent identity.

Participating in LGBTQI+ pride allows us to come together to build community with others who share our common beliefs that human sexuality and gender identity exist on a fluid continuum of possibilities rather than two fixed points of self-identification.

Pride celebrations are a way to honor those who came before us, who fought for the right to express their love towards another person on their own terms and not by what society dictates as “proper.” It allows us to show our young people that they are perfect just as they are.

LGBTQ Pride began after the historic Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969, which are being commemorated this year. The multi-day rebellion that occurred at the Stonewall Inn as a result of a police raid of the local LGBTQ safe haven sparked the modern LGBTQ movement in the United States. Many municipalities host “Pride Parades” across the country and across the world where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their ability to live freely and openly as their true authentic self.

Here in the Adirondacks we hold our pride event towards the end of September or early October as an opening for LGBTQ History Month. This is a time to acknowledge the many accomplishments of LGBTQI+ people, both past and present, as well as the strides that have been made.

We also welcome the return of area college and university students as we strive to make this region a better place for them to grown, live, work and be a vital part of our community.

This family-friendly event is a time set apart to celebrate lesbian, gay, bi/pansexual, transgender, gender queer/non-binary and intersex people. We welcome the diversity of all people here in our area. This is a time to come out and celebrate what makes each of us special and unique.

This year we are proud to have new co-sponsors and supporters including Planned Parenthood of the North Country and Irises Café and Wine Bar. Elmore SPCA will host a dog adoption program. Adding to events during Pride Week is the showing of the video – ‘Forb{i}dden – Undocumented and Queer in Rural America’. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the journey across the desert in search of the American dream. Moises is like the thousands of young people growing up in the US with steadfast dreams but facing overwhelming obstacles.

This amazing video will be presented at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 pm and again in Yokum Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh on Tuesday October 1 at 7 pm. Suggested donation – $10 adult community members – Students admitted free. Q & A with Moises Serrano will follow the film. This is being presented by Presented by Adirondack Voters for Change and Plattsburgh JCEO, SUNY Plattsburgh Gender and Women’s Studies, Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance and many other local community organizations.

Other pride week activities include an open mic event at Koffee Kat Espresso Bar on Margaret St. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3 pm – 6 pm. This event is hosted by Shawn Reid and Jennifer Tallon.

Let us be Adirondack proud and North Country strong as we show our combined strength in ending bullying, harassment, hate, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia.

We welcome everyone in the Adirondack North Country community to come celebrate diversity, inclusion, acceptance and understanding of the differences of what makes each of us the special, unique and the wonderful people we are.

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Kelly Metzgar is the Executive Director at Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance.

One Response

  1. Vanessa says:

    Cool, sounds fun! More cool stuff to come out of Saranac Lake 😀