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EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA PRIDE CANCELS 2020 PRIDE IN PINE CITY

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  • Event canceled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

East Central Minnesota Pride, the nonprofit that has been holding regional LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) pride events for 15 years, announced that it is officially canceling the event for 2020.  The festival was set to take place June 6, 2020.

This decision comes after a wave of large event cancellations and postponements due to the developing COVID-19 situation.  This is the first time the Pine City event has been canceled in its history.    The increasing wave of event cancellations across the national and global stage has set a precedent of taking all precautions in order to keep people safe and to err on the side of caution.

“The safety and wellbeing of our community is the number one consideration in this difficult decision,” explained Pride organizer Julie Redpath of Chisago City.

“It’s unfortunate that we needed to cancel this year, considering the significant work our team has already put forth, as well as the incredible and diverse lineup we had planned for our stage,” said Pride organizer Phil Schroeder of Mora.  “I’m confident that next year we’ll be able to pick things up where we left off.”

Redpath added, “Pride is every day.”  In that light, area businesses or homes that would still like to show their support can contact a member of the Pride Committee or the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce for an “All Are Welcome Here” sticker or rainbow flag to display on their storefronts or homes.

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East Central Minnesota Pride is a Hate-Free Zone.

2021 Pride Planning Underway – Your help is welcomed.

If you’d like to be involved in planning the 2021 East Central Minnesota Pride, please contact a Board Member below to let us know.  Planning is underway.  This is our 16th Annual Pride in the region; it’s sure to be our biggest and best celebration yet.  We wholeheartedly welcome your involvement!

The Planning Committee strives to have wider representation on the board, with more intersectionality, especially among:  Two-Spirited and Indigenous Peoples, Residents of Mille Lacs County, Transgendered Persons, Women and other people of diverse backgrounds.

Are you an area business who wants to show support?  Here’s a way.

all are welcome here

Area businesses that would like to show their support can contact a member of the Pride Committee or an area Chamber of Commerce for an “All Are Welcome Here” sticker or rainbow flag to display on their storefronts.

  • Phil Schroeder, Chair, of Mora, 320-310-5202
  • Julie Redpath, Secretary, of Chisago City, 612-817-9541
  • Gary Skarsten, Treasurer, of Braham, 320-396-3726
  • North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, 651-674-4077
  • Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, 320-322-4040

Are you a vendor?  Would you like to have a presence at Pride?

East Central Minnesota Pride is calling vendors to register for space at the 16th Pride, Saturday, June 5, 2021, from Noon to 5 p.m.  Be in front of hundreds of people from across Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties, and beyond.  Show your support of the local LGBTQ+ community.  Contact eastcentralminnesotapride@gmail.com, or contact Vendor Coordinator Julie Redpath by emailing beigeville2012@gmail.com to inquire about being a vendor.

LAVENDER COMMUNITY AWARD RECEIVED BY LOCAL

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Julie Redpath

Julie Redpath, of Chisago City (and formerly of Rock Creek) was recognized by Lavender Magazine for her involvement as Chair for East Central Minnesota Pride, and as founder of the East Central Purple Circle.

Though Pride in Pine City existed since 2005, it didn’t become an official nonprofit until 2010, about the time Julie became a regular fixture on the committee.  She and her partner, Rebecca Hostetler, support the community in a number of ways including serving as election judges, supporting the diversity groups within Pine Technical and Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge), and celebrating with LGBT clergy when they are called to serve churches in East Central Minnesota.

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I’m more than proud of the GLBT community in East Central Minnesota.  They all work very hard every year to put together the Pine City Pride Picnic. The event is growing in attendance and fun each year.

-Dennis Burns, owner of DB Signs in Pine City

More fun each year

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We believe there are several ways in which East Central Minnesota Pride has improved the quality of life in this part of the state.  It serves the vulnerable, LGBTQ youth populations, especially those who are at-risk, showing that there are other LGBTQ people nearby to offer support and encouragement.  It serves as a mechanism for civil rights, by being a visible presence representing LGBTQ people working and living in the five-county area.

-Phil and Barb Schroeder, of Ogilvie

Pride improves the quality of life here