Haddon Township Hosted its First-Annual PRIDE Parade to Celebrate and Connect Local LGBTQIA+ Community
Haddon Township, in close collaboration with the Haddon Township Equity Initiative (HTEI), hosted its first annual PRIDE Parade and festivities in celebration and support of its LGBTQIA+ community. With a June 10th PRIDE Parade kicking off the festivities, HTEI and Haddon Township created multiple events throughout the week to create connection, show support and share resources.
We're excited to provide this opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community members, neighbors, and allies. All are welcome to join in the schedule of activities, get involved in the planning of the events, and/or find a way to get your business plugged in.
River Ziener, Restaurant Manager, HT Pride Local Business Committee Member
“All of you created a space where I, and many others, could be myself, where I could be open, where my pronouns were not just respected but celebrated. At the beginning of the year, before the planning of pride started, I was researching cities with a strong queer community so I could move. I thought it would be easier to show up in a new city... Everything I was looking for is all around me. I never imagined such a strong allyship is so close to home. I am incredibly proud of who I am and to be a part of this community. I no longer want to move away and would like to help give the community the love and acceptance it’s given to me because of all of you.”
Michael McNeely, Executive Assistant / HR Manager, Parade Participant
“My very first Pride event was simply extraordinary. All my life I've felt afraid to show the world the real 'Me'. Now, after 39 years of hiding, and seeing how much more accepting the world has become to different kinds of love,... there's nothing more beautiful!"
Anthony Fitzpatrick, Principal, Haddon Township School District, HT Pride Steering Committee
“The impact of Haddon Township Pride was profound. Our small town has shown that the result of community togetherness and support is a simple word . . . JOY! People from all over and of all ages came out to support the LGBTQA+ community through celebration, conversation, and learning. Having grown up in Haddon Township, this event was unthinkable just a few short years ago. The efforts of this town and the organizers and sponsors proves that inclusive change can happen; and everyone can share in the joy and love. It was so powerful!”
Michele Messer, School Psychologist at the School District of Philadelphia, Co-Founder & Vice President of HTEI
“Allowing our youth to unfold in a community that gives them space to do so, without judgment and shame was my hope. As a parent of a gay teen, I watched my child stand in a place of power and agency. It gives me hope to know that our youth sees that we can work from a place of love and create the world in which we want to live.”
Isis Williams, Executive Director, Event Planner, and President of HTEI
“They say small towns are where change happens and we believe that Haddon Township has created positive momentum for not only our LGBTQIA+ community, but the community as a whole. While there is much more work to be done to combat stereotypes and fight for LGBTQIA+ rights, it’s critical that we simply show up for our LGBTQIA+ community members - literally and figuratively. In doing so, we are affirming humanity and saving lives.”
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