GALESBURG — This small city in northwestern Illinois hosted its second Pride Picnic this past weekend.
The picnic was hosted by Safe Space, a non-denominational group for people ages 18-30’s. This group has been formed to give people of this age group who have typically felt judged or ostracized by the church a safe place to hang-out with others of their age from all walks of life and talk about current events and/or topics of spirituality. It was at Lake Storey Park.
The Galesburg Register-Mail reported that the event included food, karaoke, face painting, touch-a-truck, and Drag Queen Story Hour.
Rebecca Yowler, one of the attendees, said she thought attendance was twice last year’s.
From the Register-Mail:
Chris King of Galesburg organized the event and is a founder of Space Space.
Several years ago King saw a need for a social organization for the 18-30 age group, one which people of all identities are welcome and supported.
“We wanted a space where people could talk, they could express themselves and build a community. It started off with that, a place for people to feel safe and to meet people, like a support network.”