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Dozens Of Pride Events Happening This Week In Oklahoma

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Organizations like the OKC Pride Alliance and Oklahomans for Equality are hosting in-person events, after many last year were held virtually or paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first Pride march was one year after the Stonewall Uprising in June 1969. Now, June is recognized as Pride Month, a time for remembrance and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

The OKC Pride Alliance adapted to the pandemic and had virtual events last year, but this year the organization is hosting in-person festivities.

Hannah Royce, President of the OKC Pride Alliance, said while the pandemic did pause in-person events, it did not change the need to address issues for the LGBTQ+ community such as food poverty, substance abuse and homelessness rates.

“We come around to June annually, and we get really excited about a party and an event - but the realities are our community still has a long way to go, and we all need to take part in responsibility in ensuring that this is a good place for them to live, this is a safe place for them to live,” Royce said.

LGBTQ+ young adults experience homelessness more than twice as likely as young adults identifying as heterosexual and cisgender, according to findings by the Voice of Youth Count initiative by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Royce said Pride is just one month, but it is important to show year-round support for the community.

Dozens of events in support of the LGBTQ+ community are happening in Oklahoma this week:

Oklahoma City

  • Saturday, June 26 - OKC Pride Alliance’s Pride Parade, downtown OKC, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 26 - A book signing for Black and Queer: There’s More Than Sugar in My Tank written by Asa Leveaux, The Eleanor, 1:30 p.m.



Anna Pope is a reporter covering agriculture and rural issues at KOSU as a corps member with Report for America.
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