First Ever Floyd Pride Parade!!!

When:
June 29, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where:
Floyd Post Office
819 East Main Street
Floyd, VA 24091
USA
Contact:
Wolf Cherrix
540-577-0934

Floyd PRIDE 2013 will begin with a march leaving the parking lot of the Floyd Post Office at 4:00 and proceed along the sidewalk to the large tree at the Village Green where drumming will be featured.  The march will continue up Main Street and arrive at Dogtown Roadhouse for a short program with Mara Robbins as MC, a welcome from Mayor Will Griffin and other speakers from the community.  Spoon Fight will conclude the program with some disco / boogie jive before closing at 6:00.

Floyd Pride 2013

American history is marked by advances in equality beginning from Colonial days when only white, landed males were permitted to vote.  Until the Emancipation Proclamation slaves were counted as 3/5th of a person for the census.  Women and their allies marched for the right to vote as equal citizens.  Now, America has reached another turning point for the advancement of equality.  In 12 states plus the District of Columbia, same sex marriages are legally recognized.  Current law permits an American spouse to sponsor for US citizenship their heterosexual spouse from another country.  Because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), binational same sex couples are denied this right.  In March of this year the US Supreme Court heard arguments to consider the legality of DOMA.  Consistent with its purpose to inform and advocate for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Floyd PFLAG held a Candle light Vigil in front of the Floyd County Courthouse.

By the end of June, the U S  Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on DOMA and the legality of California’s Proposition 8 which rescinded the right to marriage for same sex couples in that state.  These decisions may have profound implications for local same sex couples.  For example, Wolf Cherrix may be able to sponsor his English husband Darin Laffan for U S Citizenship and become united without the need for temporary visas.

Wolf and Darin will be co-marshalls for the first Pride event in Floyd County scheduled for Saturday, 29 June.  Floyd PRIDE 2013 will begin with a march leaving the parking lot of the Floyd Post Office at 4:00 and proceed along the sidewalk to the large tree at the Village Green where drumming will be featured.  The march will continue up Main Street and arrive at Dogtown Roadhouse for a short program with Mara Robbins as MC, a welcome from Mayor Will Griffin and other speakers from the community.  Spoon Fight will conclude the program with some disco / boogie jive before closing at 6:00.

All LGBTallies, friends and family are encouraged to meet in the Post Office parking lot by 3:30 for flags, banners and posters celebrating our first annual Floyd Pride.

In more than 100 cities across the globe from North and South America to Europe, Asia and Oceania, this year’s Pride festivals are celebrating the diversity and contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  Unprecedented numbers of allies, family and friends are joining their LGBT loved ones and neighbors in the march toward inclusion and equal rights.

The Floyd PRIDE 2013 event on the afternoon of 29 June is an opportunity for recognizing our LGBT citizens and celebrating advancements in marriage equality, service in the military and growing support for non-discrimination in workplaces across our nation.

On 31 May, President Obama issued his annual White House Proclamation making June National Gay Pride Month.  A portion of that proclamation: This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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