Wilmington’s Commemoration of Pride Month in Rodney Square POSTPONED until Wednesday, June 12 at Noon
Rain predicted for Monday will delay the official celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month in Wilmington
Mayor Mike Purzycki said today that Wilmington’s planned Pride Month celebration in Rodney Square will be POSTPONED due to rain in Monday’s forecast. The new date and time for the event is Wednesday, June 12 at Noon in Rodney Square. Community and business representatives will attend the Wednesday event which will feature the raising of the Pride flag. The flag has been provided by The Chemours Company, which has its world headquarters across the street from Rodney Square.
The public is invited to attend the Wednesday ceremony which will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Farmers Market. Mayor Purzycki will issue a Proclamation designating the month of June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Wilmington. The event will also include a number of speakers, a performance by members of the local folk act Earth Radio, and will culminate with the raising of the iconic rainbow flag above Rodney Square, with its six colors of red representing life, orange for healing, yellow for sunshine, green for nature, blue for harmony, and purple for spirit.
Mayor Purzycki said Wilmington is a welcoming City and works hard to honor and respect all people including its LGBTQ citizens. He noted that the National Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) latest Municipal Equality Index (MEI) of more than 500 municipalities across all 50 states gave Wilmington a score of 87 out of 100 – the highest among eight cities and towns indexed in Delaware for the second year in a row. The index rates municipalities on 44 criteria in five key areas including non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and support for equality. More information about the Municipal Equality Index can be found here https://www.hrc.org/mei.
The Mayor said Wednesday's flag-raising ceremony will also honor the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City, which helped to create the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.
Mayor Purzycki said Delaware, largely through the efforts of Equality Delaware, can proudly proclaim to be one of the leading states in the nation regarding the establishment of marriage equality. Delaware’s former Governor Jack Markell and the Delaware General Assembly first approved civil unions for same-sex couples in January of 2012 and then adopted marriage equality in July of 2013, thus allowing people of the same sex to marry nearly two years before the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June of 2015 that made it the law of the land.
Pride Month events around Wilmington include:
- Theatre N, at 1007 North Orange Street, will hold its first ever LGBT Pride Show onThursday, June 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Miss Troy, a favorite local drag queen, the all-ages show will feature popular local acts Hoochi Coochi, Earth Radio, andFoxymoron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 in advance, $10 the day of show.
- Delaware Pride, Inc. will sponsor a Networking Happy Hour on Friday, June 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Trolley Tap House, located at 1616 Delaware Avenue. All are invited to join fellow LGBTQ+ community members and straight allies for drinks, fun and socializing. The event is free and open to the public, and the patio area is dog-friendly.
- Our Night Out, a popular monthly happy hour for the local LGBTQ community started in 2010, will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kid Sheleens Charcoal House and Saloon, 1801 West 14th Street. This FREE public event, hosted by Joe Sielski and Joshua Borin, is open to all.
- Delaware Pride, Inc. meets monthly at various locations in Delaware providing community members and local businesses an opportunity to discuss issues of interest to the community as well as to publicize upcoming events and gatherings. The all-volunteer nonprofit Delaware Pride, Inc. works to produce social and educational events for the Delaware LGBTQ community and is dedicated to promoting platforms for expressing diversity.
For more information regarding Pride Month events visit the City of Wilmington’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/WilmingtonDEgov/events/?ref=page_internal.