It’s Pride Month in Maine and LGBTQ Folks Are Calling All Allies
A recent Reddit post asked for a favor.
Equality Maine has a list of events throughout Maine. From parades to cookouts to dances with the grand poobah of them all Pride Portland. This year there have been more threats to the LGBTQ+ community. The rhetoric is loud. The hate is not shy, it's not hidden and it's spreading. Groups that may have lurked in the shadows before are now feeling confident to be just as loud and proud as those this month is supposed to celebrate. So the request was as follows:
If you are an ally, this is a critical time to show that support. There are lots of different ways you could do that, so I'll leave the "how" bit up to you, but that's my ask.
There are no specific threats...it's just in the air and it can be scary, especially for those that may be participating in pride events for the first time. I want to offer a couple of options. First for allies. Did you know you guys have a flag? Yes! Here is the symbol!
We all appreciate our allies! Thanks for having our backs.
Now, I'm calling all LGBTQ+ strays. Do you want to come to the Pride Portland Parade on Saturday, June 17 - but you are shy because you don't have anyone to hang with? You are cordially invited to come hang out and walk with 94.9 HOM! Jeff will be driving the HOM car and Lori Voornas will be proudly waving the flag!
Parades are awesome! People are so happy during parades! Waving and smiling will do that to ya! I have not been able to confirm if the mile-long pride flag will return to the parade, but I can hope! It's truly a sight to be seen! We would be honored to have you walk with us if you want to. Anyone! This parade is all-inclusive - all you have to do is have some pride!
Enjoy June! Be prideful and don't let the hate speech be louder than your pride.