Up & Coming Weekly

June 15, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 14 UCW JUNE 16-22, 2021 KEYURI PARAB, Editorial Assistant COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. EVENTS Local events offer fun, entertainment in support of Pride Month by KEYURI PARAB The month of June has been observed as LGBTQ+ Pride Month since 1970 to honor the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. According to the Library of Congress, the commemorative month's purpose is to recognize and honor the impact of the LGBTQ+ community on his- tory locally, nationally and internationally. "It does have a lot of significance for me personally, obviously," Fayetteville Pride Board President Sam DuBois said. "The amount of friends and families of LGBTQ+ community that have come out and suppor- ted us really shows me how far we've come over the years." Fayetteville Pride was established in 2017 and focuses on instilling pride, celebrating unity and embracing diversity and inclusion while providing education and support wit- hin the LGBTQ+ community. For more information on the organization visit w w w.FayettevillePRIDE.org/ DuBois said he used to think of Fayetteville as an uber-conservative area and expected pushback when the organization first started. "But at the end of the night we were f lab- bergasted by the positive response from peo- ple attending the event," he mentioned. "It has been extraordinarily welcoming to Pride." Due to the pandemic the Pride Fest 2021 is postponed until further notice. "We have hopefully reached a satisfacto- ry substitute with Cool Springs Downtown District, and we will be setting up an info table at their weekly Summer Markets down- town and there will be part of the field dedi- cated to the Pride Community Picnic on June 24 from 4-8 p.m.," DuBois said. The Summer District Markets are held on Thursdays and will feature live entertain- ment, food trucks and games. "Everyone is welcome, come with that atti- tude and we are happy to have you," he said. There are a number of other Pride events scheduled this month. There will be a free online chat event June 20 from 8-9 p.m. The Free Mom Hugs Social Happy Hour is hosted by the Free Mom Hugs Fayetteville/Sandhills chapter. For more information visit, https://freemomhugs.org The NC VA Coastal Health Care System invites all LGBTQ+ veterans and allies to participate in the 2021 Pride Car Parade & Drive-Thru from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on June 21. The event will take place at the Fayetteville VA Health Care Center at 7300 S. Raeford Road. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars for the free event. The Rainbow Reunion, a business mixer for LGBTQ+ community to network and con- nect, will be held Jun. 26 and 27 at Hampton Inn & Suites located at 2065 Cedar Creek Road. The event will have a happy hour mixer from 4-6 p.m., a kickback from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a night swim from 8-10 p.m. The hotel will have limited rooms and those interested can book by calling 910-635-3200 Cool Spring Downtown District will host Drag Me Downtown on June 25 from 5-9 p.m. on Maxwell Street featuring performances by local drag queens, and a cabaret headlined by Miss Minnie BouveƩ. Tickets are available for purchase on their Facebook page, $25 general admission and $125 for a VIP Table seating up to 6 people. Drag Me to Designer BINGO will take place at Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom from 6-9 p.m. on June 30. The event will feature Tatianna Matthews. Tickets are $40 with a portion of the proceeds going to Fayetteville Pride. Dirtbag Ales is located at 5435 Corporation Drive in Hope Mills. For more information about Pride events, follow @fayncpride on Facebook. Although the Pride Fest 2021 was postponed, there are a number of local events scheduled in June to celebrate diversity in support of Pride Month. (Photos courtesy Fayetteville Pride) (Left) A family celebrates at a Pride event. (Top) Morgan Richards performs at an event in 2019. (Right) Friends come together to enjoy an event celebrating diversity and inclusion. (Photos courtesy Fayetteville Pride)

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