Galesburg proclaims June Pride month for the first time

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GALESBURG — Galesburg has proclaimed June as Pride month for the first time.

The Galesburg Register-Mail reported that Monday marks the declaration of an official Pride month before the regular city council meeting.

From the Galesburg Register-Mail:

Chris King, co-founder of Galesburg PFLAG and organizer of the Galesburg Pride Picnic, says she worked to have this proclamation made in part because Galesburg’s typical pride programming has been interrupted by the pandemic.

The annual Pride Picnic started in 2018, drawing between 100 and 150 people, and grew in its second year, with over 300 attending in 2019. The picnic was planned to return this year, alongside other programs like a film showing in partnership with the NAACP, a Drag Brunch and an LGBTQ panel. While the picnic has been tentatively delayed to the fall, the other events appear to have been canceled.

King expected as many as 500 to attend the picnic this year, but with the pandemic ending larger gatherings for the time being, she still wanted to find a way for the community to make itself known. Instead, she asked the city to make the proclamation.

“I said it’s time we ask for recognition as a community (and) as community members,” she said.

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