DENVER – This is the second year that the “Pride Liberation Day” event has taken place in Denver. It was created to put resources directly into the hands of members of the LGBTQ + community who may not be regularly represented at other Pride events.
âThere is the pride, which is a big party and almost like Christmas and it’s great, but this event dates back to when our marches were demonstrations,â said Pasha Eve, who works with Parasol Patrol.
The first part of the event took place at Cheeseman Park, which had different tents and resources for anyone interested.
âIt was, again, about connecting resources with people and making sure people have those resources if they need them, making sure they know those resources are available,â he said. said Kai Fathi, co-founder of the Pride Liberation Movement, which has put on the event.
The second part of the day consisted of a march and a rally on the steps of the state capital.
âWhat we envision in the second half of the day will be our liberation rally,â said Terra Caballero, co-founder of the Pride Liberation Movement.
The goal was to let LGBTQ + members know that they want to turn actions into words.
âWe want to make sure there is an overlap between how we interact with our community and how we change it,â Caballero said.
Caballero and Fathi have both said they plan to host more events like this in the future, hoping to highlight more voices.
âEspecially those from the BIPOC, black, indigenous, colored groups that are part of our organization and who are not always the center of pride,â said Fathi. “We wanted to create a more community-based and inclusive event.”