Join the Virginia Queens Who Read for storytime at 5:30 and Karaoke and Pop-up Drag at 6:00-8:00 for a preview of FloydPRIDE! Show your interest here at the facebook event page.
From the event linked above: “FAMILY FRIENDLY KICKOFF PARTY FOR FLOYD PRIDE at The Blue Ridge Cafe. This event is FREE. Bring an appetite and a thirst worth quenching.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th… Bring some friends and the entire family– we will see y’all soon!”
Samaire Provost is a novelist and lover of writing coming to FloydPRIDE to speak and sign copies of several of her novels, including the Mad World trilogy (Epidemic, Sanctuary, and Desperation,) her darkly romantic Romanov, and the first novel of her action-thriller Paladin Princess series, Pirates of Moonlit Bay.
Provost will speak on the reasons that she feels LGBT representation matters in media, and why she has chosen to include LGBT characters in her own storytelling.
Adam Trimmer is both a survivor of conversion therapy and a statewide advocate against the practice. In 2008, following a suicide attempt during his coming out process at the age of 18, Adam was subjected to eight months of conversion therapy in the forms of pastoral care, licensed therapy, individual and group therapy at a Richmond-based ministry, and a series of ex-gay conferences. These experiences were devastating and required years of recovery. Today, Adam is the Virginia Ambassador for Born Perfect. He works directly with lawmakers and local advocates to support protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy; he has also shared his experiences with the Virginia Boards of Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology, which are adopting regulations against conversion therapy. Adam’s mother has also spoken alongside him at some of these board meetings, and they were both featured on a GLAAD Award-winning story titled “Conversion Therapy: God Only Knows” on CBS Sunday Morning in November of 2018. Adam currently lives in Prince George, Virginia.
Born Perfect was created by National Center for Lesbian Rights to end conversion therapy, with survivors at the forefront. Through legal advocacy, and the direction of their national strategist, Mathew Shurka, and now with their first ever state ambassador, Adam Trimmer, the Born Perfect Team is committed to making sure that all LGBTQ youth are protected from the life-threatening practice of “conversion therapy.”
Learn more about Born Perfect’s ongoing activist efforts here.
Flourette “Flo” Ketner is a senatorial candidate for the 19th District of Virginia, which includes Floyd as well as many other parts of the New River Valley and Roanoke.
Flo has lived in the New River Valley with her family for 30 years, and currently serves as part of the board of a new non-profit organization, the Cayambis Institute of Latin American Studies in Music.
Ketner hopes to make positive impacts on rural Virginia’s transportation infrastructure, protecting the environment, healthcare access & substance abuse, and many more.
She is coming to FloydPRIDE to speak at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion and answer any questions those from the New River Valley have about her platform and goals!
You can learn more about Flo Ketner’s campaign, history, and beliefs at her website. The Senate election will be on November 5th, 2019.