Capitol Pride cancels Riverfront Park celebration, announces virtual event for September.
SALEM, OR — Due to the continuing public health challenges associated with COVID-19 and in response to state regulations limiting the size of in-person events, Capitol Pride officially cancelled its August 8th event in Riverfront Park.
While the advice from public health experts is clear, this decision was difficult for the entire Capitol Pride board. For decades, our annual Pride festival has been a highlight for the LGBTQ+ community in the Central Willamette Valley. We will miss the opportunity to be in community with you.
We are currently planning an alternative pride celebration, tentatively scheduled for September 2020, featuring a combination of small in-person gatherings and virtual celebrations. Please stay tuned for more details about the event and how you can participate. We hope that a virtual celebration will make our event even more accessible to the whole community in this difficult public health situation.
Whether in person or online, Capitol Pride will continue the work of our mission: to educate, celebrate, and connect the LGBTQ+ community and our allies throughout the Central Willamette Valley through events, dissemination of information, and community partnerships.
While we will not be together in person in August, our thoughts are with the entire LGBTQ+ community, especially our Black and Brown siblings fighting for equality and justice. Today, more than ever, we reaffirm our commitment to equity, human rights, social justice, and the end of structural racism and white supremacy.
Salem Capitol Pride believes social justice, equity, and human rights extend beyond LGBTQ+ causes. Our organization stands with our siblings of color in demanding change to end systemic racism and white supremacy in our nation. As we begin the celebration of Pride Month, we honor the Black and Brown heroes who stood up against brutality and fought for LGBTQ+ rights at the Stonewall Inn. All of us owe so much of our progress to these brave individuals who stood up in the face of injustice. We encourage you to take time to learn the full history of Pride and where it all began. There will be no equity or justice until we all thrive together, regardless of our race or identity. We call upon our community to stand in support of equity, human rights, social justice, and the end of structural racism and white supremacy. Pride Month celebrates the progress of the LGBTQ+ community and brings awareness to others; we are here, and we are proud. Together, let’s focus our effort to ensure that the change we are fighting for today will lead to even greater progress for our Black and Brown siblings. Finally, we reaffirm that Black Lives Matter, now and always. #PrideMonth #DemandChange
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We are a Non-Profit, Local Festival Located in Salem, OR. We do not have an office, a phone, or a paid staff. All the work put into this festival is done by “unpaid” volunteers. Every penny that goes to fund this event is provided by Sponsors. There is a lot that goes into making this happen! This Event is 100% provided to this community through the voluntary kindness of your neighbors and by businesses who care! Please be kind, we spend many hours and pour our hearts into providing everything we can! When we can’t meet every request, please be understanding…
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