Community Bulletin
Wednesday, June 8, 2005  


Greenbelt's First GLBT Pride Celebration

The inaugural event of a group for Greenbelt's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered citizens, and their supporters, will be held on Monday, June 20th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, in the Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.

Members of GreenBeLT Pride, the new organization, will gather at the cafe to socialize and informally discuss some of the local and statewide initiatives affecting their lives. Members will mark their tables with rainbow flags, a symbol of diversity and acceptance of sexual minorities. The event is scheduled in the month of June, the traditional time for celebrations of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride across the United States. Organizers of the Greenbelt event believe it will be the first of its kind in the city's history. All are welcome.

Fifteen people attended a meeting at the Greenbelt Community Center at the end of May to plan this event and to also discuss the need for future social, cultural, educational, and political programs for Greenbelt residents around sexual diversity issues.

Participants at the May meeting observed that they knew of many households in the city with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered members, so they adopted the slogan, "You can't spell GreenBeLT without GBLT!" and adopted "GreenBeLT Pride" is their organizational name--with the deliberately "incorrect" capitalizations to highlight the initals in the city's name that correspond with the words "gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender."

- Posted by Frank DeBernardo   301-474-5294   FDeBernardo[at]aol.com



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