A Humboldt LGBTQ+ Community for All

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[Image description: The Redwood Pride Logo. A tree comprised of two black triangles, a pink triangle, and a pink rectangle, with the words “Redwood Pride” on top of it, with a rainbow banner in the background. All elements are encased in a black circle.]

Redwood Pride is built on the foundations of inclusivity, hope, and acceptance for everyone.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook profile frame! Click/tap on your profile picture, select “Add Frame,” and search “Redwood Pride!” in the search box.


A statement, from us at Redwood Pride:

“The Redwood Pride planning committee, made up of volunteer community members, invites all who support LGBTQIA2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit) rights to participate in and enjoy the festival and parade on September 24th at 12pm in the Arcata Plaza (parade starts at 9th and L). In previous years, the exclusion of marginalized people from Pride has created significant problems. We are striving to create a safe and inclusive space for all to participate in without fear of harassment based on identity. In doing so, we have engaged in some difficult conversations of power and privilege that may feel uncomfortable. We are encouraging each other and our community to learn and grow from that discomfort. Without these difficult conversations, the problems will continue to grow. Our goal is to have everyone feel welcome – especially those that have been traditionally pushed aside and silenced. However, we do not wish to censor anyone, and will not exclude anyone who supports our LGBT+ rights. We will continue to hold these discussions as a community, even after the event is over.”


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We have a very exciting arrangement of events coming up!

Saturday, September 16

1:00-3:00 PM – Poster and T-shirt making at Ink People, 525 7th Street, Eureka

2:00 PM – Poetry reading at Trinidad Library, 380 Janis Court, Trinidad

Monday, September 18

9:00 PM – Switch Hitters baseball at Kennedy Field, 3550 Dolbeer Street, Eureka

Tuesday, September 19

4:00-7:00 PM – Join the Arkley buying Indian Island protest at Security National Servicing Corp, 323 5th Street, Eureka

8:30-10:00 AM – Rally to make Humboldt a sanctuary county, by Centro Del Pueblo, Humboldt County Superior Courthouse, 825 5th Street, Eureka

Wednesday, September 20

7:00-8:00 PM – Candlelight Vigil for Peace, sponsored by Kunle Center and WILPF Gazebo, Old Town Eureka

7:30-9:30 PM – Panel Discussion: Racism and White Privilege in The LGBTQIA community at HSU’s Great Hall

Thursday, September 21

5:30-7:30 PM – Bystander intervention with Check It at HSU – HGH 204

6:15 PM – PFLAG Potluck and showing of “Moonlight,” Adorni Center, 1101 Waterfront, Eureka

Saturday, September 23

10:00-12:00 PM – Family Gathering at the Arcata’s Farmer’s Market (east side of the lawn), Arcata Plaza

6:00-8:00 PM – All ages, all body Workout Party at Body Tuners, 718 5th St, Eureka

We’d love to see you at any of these events!


Here’s a Facebook cover photo for you to use as a banner, to show your Redwood PRIDE!

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[Image description: Three posters, with the details of the Redwood Pride event in French, English, and Spanish, matching the text below.]

Redwood Pride is coming soon! The event will officially be on September 24th, 2017, in the Arcata Plaza. A parade will take place at noon, followed by various performances, activities, and more! Quiet zones, for those who need to take a break from the stimulation of the event, as well as children’s zones, will be readily available for usage.

RULES:

  • Alcohol will not be permitted at the event. Please do not bring any form of alcohol.
  • Smoking will not be permitted on the Plaza grounds. There will be designated areas for smoking, but it will not be allowed outside of those boundaries.
  • Animals and pets that are not registered service animals will be unable to attend the event. Please do not bring pets.
  • This is a scent-sensitive event: Please refrain from heavy usage of perfumes or colognes!
  • There will be ASL interpretation available at the event! We care about accessibility and making sure that this is an event that everyone can enjoy.

Announcement letter for organizations and vendors interested in participating in the Pride event:

Hello North Coast Community Members,

Redwood Pride is a grass-roots effort to create a 2017 LGBTQIA+ event of inclusion, celebration, reflection and action for the greater North Coast region. Redwood Pride calls on the community for awareness, healing, and change. We are asking for your support and understanding and as we create this event, and we invite your participation.

Working under the non-profit umbrella of The Ink People and the Humboldt LGBTQ+ Community Space Project, our loosely-organized group has been collaborating under unprecedented social and political circumstances at home and abroad, including a divided queer community and the November 2016 closure of the non profit organization that previously organized a yearly Pride event.

The scope of the current effort is limited to a few fundraisers and a week of community-building events culminating in a Pride parade/march and festival at the Arcata Plaza on Sunday September 24th, 2017. Due to time limitations, many long term planning and organizational structure/policy decisions are being deferred until after this event, in the hope of engaging more people to help make sound, informed decisions for the future.

We have decided that we are paying specific attention to involving marginalized groups (trans community, queer people of color, and queer people with disabilities, access considerations, or mental health considerations, among others) within the greater queer community. We are working to create a safer space for those who may not feel safe or may have felt excluded from such events in the past.
The parade/march will be open to everyone, individuals and organizations. The festival, smaller in size than in recent years, will include food and drink vendors, artists/craftspeople (both LGBTQIA+ and ally), and informational booths for non-profits and queer service providers. Alcohol will not be served or sold at the event.

In lieu of providing space for merchants who wish to sell goods and services at this event, we ask that businesses consider making a sponsorship donation in good faith for future long-term organizing efforts. We are willing to consider merchants on a case-by-case basis, but hope to limit such discussions. It is the sincere hope of this group that queer-owned, queer-employing, and queer-serving businesses and non-profits in the region will strive to develop and maintain long-standing relationships with queer organizations serving the community. We envision engaging to discuss topics such as allyship, gender-neutral bathrooms, and other concerns that affect the queer community and the region.

We appreciate donations from anyone, not just businesses or non-profits, and the good faith expressed is to the community at large. Donations can be made in the name of Redwood Pride to the Ink People. All contributors will be listed on the Redwood Pride website, thanked with a press release after the event, and be included in discussions when the community is ready to make long-term plans.

If you or your organization is interested in selling food, sharing your art, doing informational tabling, marching in the Parade, or making in-kind donations, please look for the on-line form athttps://redwoodpride.wordpress.com or email northcoastqueers@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Redwood Pride 2017 Logistics Committee


News: Community meetings will be spread out through the next two months! Feel free to join a meeting and offer your help to the team!

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[Image description: A poster, containing the information for Redwood Pride community meetings, with the Redwood Pride Logo and a rainbow embellishment.]

Our annual pride event will be taking place on September 24, 2017 in the Arcata Plaza! Our event will include a parade, performances, and services for celebrating who we are as LGBTQ+ people. We want to let the world know that we are here!

More information on assisting the community and helping put together such a big event can be found here.

If you are interested in signing up for a committee on the Redwood Pride team, you can find a link here to express your interests and what crews you would like to sign up for. Volunteers are always welcome, and we greatly appreciate any and all help!

More information will be arriving on the event’s layout, scheduling, and more as further information is provided. Thank you all, and happy Redwood Pride!

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4 thoughts on “A Humboldt LGBTQ+ Community for All

  1. Thanks for getting this on line! I like the emphasis on inclusiveness right up front.
    I might suggest putting the committee signup first, since that’s the link that works for everyone-or maybe just change the first reference to say that it’s facebook, so us non-facebook folks don’t immediately get discouraged.

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  2. Hello,
    I am the Vice President of Humboldt Del-Norte Cattlewoman’s association. We had a tri-tip booth at the previous pride festivals and we’re very disappointed when it was cancelled. We would LOVE to sell sandwiches at the event this year, if you are still looking for food vendors. What an awesome and important event for Humboldt!
    Thanks!
    Teal

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  3. TO: Redwood Pride
    FROM Commander Redwood Veterans Honor Guard
    SUBJECT: U.S. Flag Code

    My name is Clinton. Rocky and I attended the 01 SEPT planning meeting.
    I have been earnestly poring over various regulations that govern or pertain to Color Guards, presentations for Colors, Parade Color presentations and dawning of military dress.

    Due to the fact that we are an organization of U.S. Veterans we are bound by the regulations that govern CGs, and we can not present Color Honors out of uniform. The national ensign, when carried in a parade is positioned at the right of the column (the ensign’s right) and at the head of parade columns/flanks. I am bound by United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1.

    §7. Position and manner of display

    The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

    The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff, or as provided in subsection (i) of this section.

    The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

    No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.

    The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

    The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

    When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.

    When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

    When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

    When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

    When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

    When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.

    The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.

    The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection —

    the term “half-staff” means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;

    the term “executive or military department” means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code; and

    the term “Member of Congress” means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

    When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

    When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

    This does not mean that a banner can not be carried ahead of the Color Guard. This would allow for a monitor that can keep the procession in step so as to prevent it breaking into straggle gaggles or a big traffic jam cluster fuk by indicating if we are moving too fast or too slow for the following parade. (Pardon all my swearing).

    The one thing I can offer the committee within the limitations of the flag code is the array of flags carried. I can eliminate or include any combination I want so long as the national ensign is flown in proper order of procession. So, I can eliminate branch flags from my Colors procession if that is what folks want? I am willing to do this as a gesture of good will.

    This is the best we can do. My folks also feel they have earned the right to wear a military uniform, and they indeed have by U.S. law; and we are civilian veterans, so I can not issue binding orders prescribing dress code outside the lawful limitations governing Color Guard procedure. Further, it would be censorship and it is not my place to tell them what they can or cannot wear. That being said, I can say unequivacally, we will not want to spend the day at a festival volunteering and/or celebrationg is tuffy, hot uncomfrotable garbs of Imperialist Money-Mongering. We are fab after all and sincerely want to be included, welcomed by those we served for and have an opportunity to make a possative contribution to our LGBTQ+ community.

    With Love, your Veterans and humble servants,

    Clinton and the Redwood Veterans Honor Guard.

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