LGBT+ pride rally set for Satur­day in Solomons

Lo­cal ver­sion of Cap­i­tal Pride Pa­rade in D.C.

Maryland Independent - - News - By SARAH FALLIN sfallin@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecSARAH

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.

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