Delmarva celebrates National Coming Out Day
SALISBURY, Md. – Mark your calendars! On June seventh 2020, the City of Salisbury will play host to its first ever pride parade and festival.
Salisbury’s chapter of PFLAG took to Facebook early Friday morning to make the announcement, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Friday is National Coming Out Day, a day that is all about celebrating who you are and spreading love.
“A lot of the times, people of the LGBTQ community don’t get the love that they need,” Kevin Spears, a freshman at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, said.
But National Coming Out Day aims to change that.
“It’s a day for us to celebrate coming out, it’s a day for us to start brainstorming some of the ways that we can do better to support our LGBTQ members,” Makya Purnell, an organizer at UMES, said.
And some organizations across Delmarva celebrated in a big way. In particular, PFLAG took to Facebook to make their major announcement.
“The very inaugural event of the PFLAG parade and festival starting on June 7 of 2020,” Mark DeLancey, Salisbury’s PFLAG President, said.
It’s something that, DeLancey says, is all about showing unity.
“The purpose of the parade itself is to actually showcase individuals, whether they’re LGBTQ supportive, or LGBTQ themselves, to support the community,” he said.
And while, right now in 2019, these types of events seem to be widespread, things weren’t always so easily accepted.
“In the history of the LGBTQ community, a lot of it has been tabooed and stereotyped into cliches or negative aspects,” DeLancey said.
And so days like National Coming Out Day give a voice to groups that are sometimes voiceless.
“We want to show you that we’re not going to just hide in the corner and not be ashamed of who we are anymore,” DeLancey said.
The day leaves all people, regardless of sexual orientation, with one message.
“Love yourself, love one another, and just be positive,” Spears said.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the parade planning, you can visit the brand new website at salisburyprideparade.com.