Diversity will be celebrated at the third annual Youth Pride Fest on Saturday, May 14, in Oak Ridge, a press release said.
“The fun planned event is an opportunity for LGBTQ youth and allies to celebrate themselves through awareness, visibility, and pride,” the press release said. Youth Pride Fest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. May 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge. The church is located at 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike, which is at the corner of Lafayette and Oak Ridge Turnpike.
All East Tennessee LGBTQ youth and allies under the age of 21, and parents are invited, the press release said. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required and can be made at youthpridefest.weebly.com. Click on sign-up.
LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning).
The May 14 activities will include workshops, sessions with representatives from MTV and the Southern Poverty Law Center, various indoor and outdoor activities including games and a bouncy house, snacks, an open mic coffee house, and the chance to meet lots of new friends, the press release said.
Organizers include the Oak Ridge High School GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), Clinton High School GSA, and Oak Ridge PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The three groups share the common goal to celebrate and support LGBTQ youth and their families, friends, and allies, the release said.
This press release was submitted by Maureen Hoyt.