June is officially Pride Month in Flint & Genesee, a month dedicated to celebrating and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. In April, Genesee County Commissioners declared June as Pride Month for the county and Mayor Sheldon Neeley recently declared June Pride Month for Flint.
For several years, Wellness AIDS Services, an organization that provides harm reduction services for the LGBTQ+ community, has held the Flint Pride Festival in downtown Flint with partners including the University of Michigan-Flint and the City of Flint. Last year and this year the events were altered to keep the community safe.
However, there is planning underway for a series of smaller LGBTQ+ events throughout the rest of the year to celebrate while maintaining safety protocols such as social distancing. The first in the series of Pride micro-events, the Flint Pride Cook Out, will be held on June 25. To keep up to date on those events, visit the Flint Pride Facebook page.
In the meantime, there are other ways to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community in Flint & Genesee.
The Flint Institute of Arts has an exhibition open through July 11 featuring selections from the Jack B. Pierson Print Collection. The exhibit, Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity draws on Pierson’s experience as a gay man and sheds light on the important role sexual identity played in informing his collecting habits.
University of Michigan-Flint’s Center for Gender and Sexuality and Recreational Services is hosting a Pride-themed outdoor spin class in celebration of Pride Month on Tuesday, June 22. Spots are limited and registration is available on the University of Michigan-Flint’s Website.
Finally, Wellness AIDS Services hosts a variety of resources for LGBTQ+ individuals including virtual movie screenings every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m., a virtual game night every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 5 – 7 p.m., and a variety of support groups. For more information, visit their website.
To show support for the community, Explore Flint & Genesee created a landing page on the Explore Flint & Genesee website for LGBTQ+ Travel in Flint & Genesee. The landing page will be continually updated with LGBTQ+-owned and friendly businesses and attractions that locals and travelers can use to plan a pride-filled day in Flint & Genesee.