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Great Lakes Bay Pride at Home
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Celebrating Pride at Home
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and will continue to be celebrated across the country, likely with many more virtual opportunities given the circumstances we find ourselves in at this time. Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Great Lakes Bay Pride planning team has reimagined Pride Month celebrations again for 2021.
In lieu of the more traditional festival and after party, we’re instead focusing on Celebrating Pride at Home this year! Over the last few months, the regional Great Lakes Bay Pride planning team has been working on new ideas to foster connections and build community.
Schedule of Events
We're still working out all the details, but please check back soon!
The festival will be open from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. followed by the After Party in downtown Saginaw later in the evening.
CALL FOR TALENT
Last year, we featured some incredible local talent at Great Lakes Bay Pride and we want to do that again this year! If you are a local musician interested in supporting our LGBTQ+ community by performing at Pride Festival, please email us at [email protected].
Celebrating Pride at Home
Show your Pride at Home by decorating a window, porch, entryway or other area with a Pride theme.
Participants can post their photos on Facebook with #GreatLakesBayPride2021 to be entered into a random drawing at the end of June. The winner will receive a Great Lakes Bay Pride gift bag.
Loons Pride Night
Friday, June 4, 2021
7:05 p.m. | Dow Diamond
MiLB Pride uses the game of baseball to bring communities together and proactively engage and embrace the LGBTQ community with a focus on creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. | Presented By Dow GLAD
Pride Night at Larkin
Friday, June 4, 2021
4:00 p.m. | Dow Diamond
Join us for a casual evening celebrating Pride at Larkin Beer Garden outside Dow Diamond in Midland! The garden opens at 4:00 p.m. No tickets or admission required.
Yard Sign Campaign*
Join us for Pride Month at home with a Celebrating Pride at Home 2021 yard sign! Use this form to pre-order your yard sign(s) for June. Your pre-order and donation guarantee your sign for this year.
We appreciate a $10 donation to cover the cost of the yard signs. If that doesn't work with your budget, that's okay! We will again offer signs, at no cost, on select distribution days in June.
Bay City: June 2, 5p - 7p, Pere Marquette Depot
Midland: June 4, 4p - 7p, Dow Diamond
Saginaw: June 5, 11a - 1p, The Hearth Home
Mt. Pleasant: June 5, 11a - 1p, Isabella County Admin Building
Your donation directly supports Great Lakes Bay Pride's mission to provide inclusive sexual orientation and gender identity/expression education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Food Distribution Event
Great Lakes Bay Pride has teamed up with volunteers from Dow GLAD and KPMG to distribute food boxes to the community in June.
East Side Soup Kitchen
40 E. Genesee Ave. Saginaw, MI 48607
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Webinar with Michelle Brown
The new administration in Washington talks about “Building Back Better” but for the LGBTQ+ community, our goal is to go back beyond the “good old days” of the Obama Administration when we saw many doors open but to look at the past not just to the rights denied but the struggles of past generations and the persistence/resilience to stand for equality and build a community that has been our strength by capturing/sharing our stories.
One word to describe public speaker, author, and activist Michelle Elizabeth Brown is FORCE. For decades, through her career, creative endeavors, and volunteer work, she has used her strength to assist, inspire, and move people and organizations to be the best they can be. Mixed with her desire to help others also finds her dedication to uplifting those often left on the fringe of society: women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, for example.
What We Do
Great Lakes Bay Pride initiatives promote unity and visibility among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and our allies throughout the community. Our programs bring together many community service providers with the shared goal of offering services and support to the LGBTQ+ community.
Our volunteer Board of Directors and Pride Events Planning Team are comprised of diverse, regional representatives who give of their time and talents to further our mission to provide inclusive sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.