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Tacoma Pride 2020
One event on July 26, 2020 at 12:00 am
As with so many things this year, Pride is going to look different. Since we cannot gather together, Pride will be in small groups or done virtually. This inability to gather together is particularly hard on Queer folks who can’t be their authentic selves in any other place. Queer is still an epithet, in many states, churches & communities, rather than something to be celebrated. I am thrilled and proud that Immanuel is a community that celebrates Queerness and wants to do more and learn more about how to support the Queer community.
This year, our own Bailey Jackson created 12 different designs that represent various Queer demographics and Becky Wulfestieg made them into buttons. We have designs for Lesbian, Pansexual, Gay, Ally, Queer, Bisexual, Ace/Aro/In-between, Transgender, LGBTQIA+, Respect Pronouns, & Love is Love. (Becky also snuck a design in for Queer, Black Lives Matter!) We filmed a 15 second video in front of the church to be a part of a virtual Pride parade and during the Stride for Pride walk and fundraiser, we will hand out buttons to those walking by! All while wearing masks and social distancing! Saturday, July 11 from 10 am – 12 noon, at the “Pride Crosswalk” at 7th and St. Helens. Drive by, honk, walk by and cheer us on.
We are also sponsoring a showcase that will be presented on YouTube (like our Sunday services) called Queer Joy! It will include music, poetry and stories from Queer folks, some who you know and love, some who will be new to you! We hope to make it public on July 11, when the Pride Festival would have been held. If you haven’t subscribed to the IPC YouTube, please do!! It will make our marketing a lot easier! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93JcO7Oeekg
The Rainbow Center and Pride stakeholders (of which Immanuel is a part) have helped to create various virtual or small group events to celebrate Pride. Check out this link to learn more! http://tacomapride.org/
And last, but not least, the IPC Pride Committee will be meeting out in Becky W’s backyard, doing our best to social distance, while we celebrate the Big Hat Brunch fundraiser for Oasis – the Queer Youth Center! You do not need to attend the garden party to participate or donate. Click the following link to find out other ways to participate. http://tacomapride.org/event/big-hat-brunch-2020/ If you would like to donate or be a part of the brunch, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The theme is Once Upon a Time, and our table will be dressing up as Sleeping Beauty!!
Thank you IPC for all your support of the Queer Community!!
Here are the meanings of our special IPC posters and buttons!!
Lesbian – women attracted to and loving women
Gay – men attracted to and loving men; has also been used as an umbrella term for Queer
Pansexual – sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their gender
Ally – identifies as straight/heterosexual, but befriends, supports and is a co-conspirator for Queerness
Queer – umbrella term, meant to be all-inclusive for LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people
Bisexual – sexually and romantically attracted to both men and women
Ace/Aro/In-between – Ace: Asexual – having little to no sexual attraction (this is the A in LGBTQIA)
–Aro: similar to Ace – having no romantic attraction; In-between – still trying to figure it out!
Transgender – formally means those whose gender identity is different than their sex assigned at birth, but can also include people who do not identify exclusively as masculine or feminine and can include non-binary and genderqueer/gender fluid folks…these terms are meant to allow a broader expression of gender and sexuality
LGBTQIA+ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus all the new genderqueer expressions and terminology, as well as Indigenous Two Spirit folks (Intersex may have variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones or genitals)
Respect Pronouns – this is for the genderqueer folks who do not identify as either male or female and may use they or them as a singular pronoun. Our English language does not support them well.
Love is Love – is Immanuel’s statement for Queer folks everywhere! Well, I guess this is for EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! We are all free to love whomever we choose!!
Cindy Caldwell – IPC Pride Coordinator