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East Central MN Pride 15th Anniversary Celebration
June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Are you an area business who wants to show support? Here’s a way.
Area businesses that would like to show their support can contact a member of the Pride Committee for an “All Are Welcome Here” sticker or rainbow flag to display on their storefronts.
- Phil Schroeder, Chair, of Mora, 320-310-5202
- Julie Redpath, Secretary, of Chisago City, 612-817-9541
- Gary Skarsten, Treasurer, of Braham, 320-396-3726
Are you a vendor? Would you like to have a presence at Pride?
East Central Minnesota Pride is calling vendors to register for space at the 15h Anniversary Pride, Sunday, June 2, 2019, from Noon to 4 p.m. Be in front of hundreds of people from across Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties, and beyond. Show your support of the local LGBTQ+ community. Contact Julie Redpath by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about being a vendor.
About East Central MN Pride
For the 15th-straight year, Pine City has been host to East Central Minnesota Pride, an LGBT pride event held the first weekend in June. The event gives LGBT people of East Central Minnesota, those questioning, and their friends, family and allies an opportunity to meet and build community in an otherwise isolated part of the state.
Without the event, organizers believe there may not exist an “LGBT community” in this part of the State. Bigger cities across the globe, from London to Minneapolis, have had prides for decades. The gay pride in Pine City began when it was just one of two rural prides in the world! The need has been evident in the event’s growth, from record attendance numbers to a record number of vendors, sponsors and supporters.
There are several ways in which East Central Minnesota Pride has improved the quality of life in this part of the State. It serves the vulnerable, LGBT youth populations, especially those who are at-risk of suicide, showing that there are other LGBT people nearby to offer support and encouragement. It serves as a mechanism for civil rights engagement. Also, it promotes tolerance through a community dialogue about LGBT issues. The entire event is innovative in that it was the first to be done in a small town.