A Week of Rainbows

Having graduated from a catholic high school, I find it interesting that Pride is the deadliest of sins while also being an awesome show of self-affirmation among a subculture. Yes, I’m speakin’ about them gays.

Next week is Fayetteville’s Pride week, and from what I gather, it’ll be quite the week of self-expression among lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and their allies. I shouldn’t be the first one to mention it’s extremely difficult for those groups to work together. There are different priorities in each circle, but setting aside differences is exactly what Pride’s about. We are all unique and we should celebrate ourselves. Yes, “we” is inclusive to the non-LGBT community as well.

Several organizations and business, including the Flyer, have sponsored the events of the week. Organizations are running different programs, and it’ll be a great opportunity for the community to better understand the plight of the homosexual. Yeah, I said it. It has a nice ring.

Starting Sunday, events will kick off Pride week leading up to the Saturday Parade on Dickson Street.

The pride week schedule of events is posted at pride.nwacenterforequality.org, a site hosted by the NWA Center for Equality. Parade information can by found at nwapride.org. NWA Pride is specifically handling the parade.
NWA Pride 2009
Here’s a short rundown of the events:

Sunday, June 21
11:00 AM “Celebrating Our Diversity” luncheon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville. (hosted by UUFF and Interweave)

Friday, June 26
7:00 PM “For the Bible Tells Me So” screening and Q&A (hosted by the Walmart Pride Associate Resource Group and the NWA Center for Equality)

Saturday, June 27
8:00 AM 5K FunRun on the Skull Creek Trail (hosted by the NWA Center for Equality)
10:00 AM Pride Parade on Dickson (hosted by NWA Pride)
11:00 AM Pride Picnic at Agri Park on Garland (hosted by the NWA Center for Equality)
7:30 PM Salon Theater at Tymythy’s Salon, the host

Sunday, June 28
1:00 PM Tea Dance at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville (hosted by the NWA Center for Equality and Interweave)

Monday, June 29
6:00 PM Gay History Feature Show on KXUA 88.3 FM (hosted by Jon Cox)

Photo by aprilzosia via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0