Marion, IA (June 24, 2019) – The Marion Public Library hosted the City’s first ever Pride in Action event on June 22nd. Timing of this event was a great complement to the Mayor’s official proclamation of June as Pride month, read at the June 20th City Council Meeting. This intergenerational event celebrated the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community (LGBTQIA+) and showcased local resources. There was an all-ages drag queen story time, followed by a resource fair with partners like Foundation 2, ASAC, Planned Parenthood, The Sexual Health Alliance of Linn & Johnson County, Horizons, The Civil Rights Commissions of Cedar Rapids and Marion, Sanctuary Church and Mom’s Hugging.
Over 400 people came out to support Pride in Action. We would like to acknowledge the City of Marion for proclaiming June as Pride Month, the volunteer organizers who planned the event, the community partners that contributed to the day, guest story time presenter Manina, Acting Chiefs Nott & Fort and Fire Chief Krebil for keeping the event safe, the supporters for attending, and the community.
Library Director Hollie Trenary commented, “We could not be happier at how this event was received by the City and community. Pride in Action started a conversation, on the topic of equality, diversity and inclusion, and because of that, we know this event, and others like it are needed. This was also a great reminder about what libraries are and the role they play in a community. Libraries are here for us to share ideas, learn, and grow. Everyone is welcome, and a free expression of ideas is guaranteed in the Library Bill of Rights and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States”.
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