LGBT+ pride rally set for Saturday in Solomons
Local version of Capital Pride Parade in D.C.
Happening the same day as the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C., a smaller, local march will be held in Solomons Saturday.
Mikayla Salazar, one of the organizers for the SoMd Pride march and rally, said the event came about as part of Our Common Calvert, a community group that started last year seeking to build up community leaders and confront divisive issues locally.
Originally, it was discussed to get a bus or carpool going from Southern Maryland to the march in Washington, D.C. Organizers eventually decided that having a smaller, local event would be better.
“I know nothing like this — at least that I’ve seen — has ever happened here,” Salazar, of St. Leonard, said. “I thought it was a great idea because we’ve always had to drive farther away to celebrate pride.”
With the more intimate event, organizer Brianna Workcuff said she hopes it will bring about community building for those who are LGBT+.
“Every time I went to an LGBT+ meeting group, everyone said they felt like they were the only ones,” Workcuff said. With the rally and march Saturday, those who attend will be able to know that they are not alone and perhaps begin lasting relationships.
“I hope that the people who come to this will continue to be active in talking to each other,” Workcuff said.
The event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Solomons Riverwalk pavilion, where a short rally will be held. There will be three speakers, one from each of the Southern Maryland counties, discussing topics like being a queer parent, being an activist on the state level and being a queer teenager. Then, there will be a march down the riverwalk and perhaps throughout the island, depending on the number of attendees. As of Wednesday afternoon, Salazar said about 65 people had registered.
Following the rally, the group will gather at the Patuxent Appeal Campus field in Lusby for a bringyour-own lunch picnic. There will be games and artwork at the lunch. For more information and to register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/ somd-pride-march-tickets-34842884004/.
Workcuff said she’s been surprised by how well the event has been received so far, with people jumping in to help and planning to bring their families Saturday.
“It has been received so much better than I had anticipated,” she said.