Sunday, June 18, 2017

Iowa City Pride Celebration 2017

Yesterday was a busy day because it was Gay Pride Weekend in Iowa City. There was a picnic (which I couldn't attend due to work) on Friday evening and a parade (which I could see because of where I was sitting). But I was siting in the Iowa City Ped Mall with my friend Sherry at the makeshift booth for Faith United Church of Christ!

Once again, Faith UCC signed up for a booth and passed out free cookies and water (and the occasional brochure) to the many people who come downtown in the heat to celebrate diversity and work collectively for a better tomorrow.

KCRG came by the booth after I left for my afternoon work shift and interviewed one of our church's members. Our booth didn't make it on the air, but we got quite a bit of space in the written online article:
The event also had plenty of booths set up. One was a church showing its support. "We feel very strongly that people hear of the negatives or the un-accepting messages that are out there and we accept everyone for who they are," Marilyn Calkins said. The Faith United Church of Christ says it was one of the first open and accepting churches in Iowa City.
Actually, Faith United Church of Christ was the first UCC congregation in all of Iowa to declare itself as open & affirming of LGBT members and leaders back in the early 1990s.

Here are some of the interesting images was last night's newscast:

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