While the Covid-19 pandemic may have made large-scale mass gatherings of thousands unfeasible this June, it has not diminished the spirit of Pride in the City of Salisbury. In a joint partnership, the City of Salisbury and Salisbury PFLAG, which organizes Salisbury Pride, are pleased to announce a full month of exciting events scheduled for Pride Month. All activities are open to the public and serve as community-building events purposed to increase visibility, celebrate diversity, strengthen alliances, and advance equality.
The calendar of events is diverse and designed to appeal to families, adults, and individuals of all ages. Highlights of the Pride Month schedule include the raising of the rainbow flag in Downtown Salisbury, a participatory public art project, the 5th anniversary of Pulse remembrance event, a panel discussion, a drag show, repainting Maryland’s only rainbow crosswalk and block party, and more. The goals of the schedule of Pride Month events are to celebrate the City of Salisbury’s commitment to increasing visibility of LGBTQ+ people, represent the wide diversity of people in our LGBTQ+ community here on the Shore, build and strengthen alliances with allies, acknowledge the heritage and legacy of LGBT+ people, and to work towards full equality and liberation.
2021 LIST OF PRIDE MONTH EVENTS
Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony – June 1st, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 125 South Division Street
Community Project Ribbons of Pride – June 5th, 12:00-2:00 p.m., 115 South Division Street outside Delmarva Now
Pride Happy Hour – June 9th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., The Brick Room, 116 North Division Street
5th Anniversary of Pulse Remembrance – June 12th, 8:00-9:00 p.m., The Riverwalk Amphitheater 210 South Salisbury Boulevard
PFLAG Community Meeting – June 14th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., The Ward Museum 909 South Schumaker Drive
PFLAG and Pride at 3rd Friday – June 18th, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Downtown Salisbury Art and Entertainment District
Salisbury PFLAG Presents Panel Discussion: The Black LGBTQ+ Experience – June 20th, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Zoom
Drag Show at The Warehouse – June 25th, 9:00-11:59 p.m., The Warehouse 1147 South Salisbury Boulevard
Rainbow Crosswalk Repainting – June 26th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Located between South Division and Market Street in front of the Wicomico Public Library
Salisbury PFLAG was founded in 2015. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision by providing support for families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ; offering education about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ; and engaging in advocacy in the community to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ. Salisbury PFLAG is a chapter of PFLAG National, the largest LGBTQ ally organization in the nation.
Salisbury PFLAG has proudly collaborated in recent years in a number of efforts. Most notably, in 2018 the State of Maryland’s first, and currently only, rainbow crosswalk was installed downtown. Additionally, in 2019 Salisbury PFLAG Executive Board Members worked with the City to coordinate Pride On The Plaza where Mayor Jake Day delivered his Proclamation, officially deeming June LGBTQ Pride month in Salisbury, followed by the raising of the Pride flag next to the Obelisk.
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