Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center honoring the first Pride


CARBONDALE — Today would have been the Southern Il Pride Fest and Pride march. As we struggle with emotions in our current social climate, we condemn violence against and the murders of Black people, minorities, Black trans people, and violence and brutality against those protesting for civil change.

We honor that the first Pride was a riot. We honor our ancestors who have fought for social change, and recognize Black trans women of color who risked so much for that change. We also recognize how far we have to go. No one is equal until we are all equal.

In the face of civil unrest and a global pandemic, it feels very much not the time for celebration. But we do celebrate those who continue this fight. We have taken our 2020 Pride events online for virtual opportunities to honor, celebrate, engage in education and awareness, and create community. The list below is subject to change, as we continue to work on some details:

Southern Il Pride Fest Virtual 5K (all month in June) https://runsignup.com/…/AnyCity…/SouthernIllinoisPrideFest5K

June 7th: Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Virtual Pride Service: We are a Proud and Angry People (all day)

June 20th: Can’t Stop our Pride, hosted by Equality Illinois (note that this event is now scheduled for June 20th) https://www.equalityillinois.us/…/cant-stop-our-pride-one-…/

June 21: Watch Party and Panel Discussion, “Intersections: Black and Queer; Demanding Justice, Making Change” featuring moderator Caleb R. McKinley-Portee and panelists Danette Marie PattonHolliday Maxwell, Reverend Marcus Fogliano and Michael Coleman. Date subject to change. More information and registration link available soon.

June 26: America’s Work Kept Secret: A Conversion Therapy Survivor Panel, cohosted by Conversion Therapy Dropout Network. Featuring Curtis Galloway and Clare Killmanhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversion-therapy-pride-panel…

June 26th: 2020 Pride exDRAGaganza! Virtual Drag Show; Virtual Drag Show at 8 pm premires on youtube and Rainbow Cafe social media outlets. Featuring the Southern Il Pride Court Blanche DuBois, Faim Lee JewlsChristopher MatthewsShelly Smith, and many other regional performers.

June 27th, 3:00 p.m.: SIU LGBT Resource Center Student Panel: Resilience. Registration information coming soon!

June 28th: Drive By Pride March, 12:00 p.m. Details coming soon!

June 28th, 3:00 p.m.: Trailblazers! Bridging the Generations; panel. Details and Registration information coming soon!

We are also hosting an online art gallery to feature the work of Queer artists, and hope to feature a youth recital and a video collection of personal stories from the trans community. As events finalize, we will release registration, facebook invitations, links, etc!

We thank YOU, our community, for all of your support!