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    Sonoma County Pride Goes Beyond the Rainbow for 2021

    After a challenging year of cancellations and lockdowns, this year’s Sonoma County Pride celebration is returning with hope and positivity! This annual event will include a month-long series of COVID-19 aware micro-events in varied venues throughout Sonoma County. The events will offer activities for all ages and abilities. This year’s theme, “Beyond the Rainbow: Surviving, Reviving, and Thriving,” takes inspiration from The Wizard of Oz to offer renewal and support to the LGBTQ community.

    Sonoma County Pride’s Secretary Cheryl Kabanuck puts the beloved film’s lessons into perspective. “There’s no place like home being back together with our community. Courage leads us here, knowledge is how we survive, and heart is what keeps us together.”

    Since the worldwide pandemic forced the cancellation of 2020 Pride events everywhere, it was important to find a unifying theme to recognize we are not all in the same space mentally and emotionally. The past year has been incredibly challenging for everyone, and each of us faced different struggles. The focus for Sonoma County Pride 2021 is on the mental, physical, and emotional health and wellness of community members.

    Vice President Grace Villafuerte emphasizes, “While some of us are reviving and thriving, some of us are still focused on surviving. Wherever we are on our journey, we hope Sonoma County Pride 2021 will offer each of us a feeling of community, pride, and peace. We strive to not only reach our unique rainbows—our dreams and inner strengths—but we look to go Beyond the Rainbow!”

    According to Director of Logistics Brian Rogers, “Those of us who survived this surreal year gained new respect and meaning for the prime lesson Dorothy learned in Oz: ‘There’s no place like home.’ Now that we have nearly survived the pandemic, let’s embrace that hopeful spirit as we revive together and support one another so we can once again thrive.”

    Christopher Kren-Mora, President of Sonoma Pride, promises a different but exciting series of events to bring the community back together in a spirit of celebration. “It won’t be a single weekend this year, but a month of fun, hope, and renewal that we’ve all been hoping for.”

    2021 Sonoma County Pride Calendar

    Events are still being added, so check back at the Sonoma County Pride website for updates and additional information. Details on select events are also featured on page 16 of this issue.

    Tuesday, June 1

    Scavenger Hunt begins

    Annual Raising of the Pride Flag – Rosenberg Building 11 am via Facebook Live

    Wednesday, June 2

    “Friends of Dorothy Zoom” – Deep Eddy Cocktail Social & Educational Panel
    LGBTQIA+ Needs Assessment Survey presented by the LGBTAIA+ Coalition

    Saturday, June 5

    “Beyond the Rainbow” Drive-Thru Parade – Graton Resort & Casino

    Sunday, June 6

    Santa Rosa GayDar’s Drag High Tea @ Tudor Tea House

    Pride Friends & Fitness: Sugarloaf State Park Hike, led by Laurie Lynn Hogan

    Wednesday, June 9

    “Friends of Dorothy Zoom” – Deep Eddy Cocktail Social & Educational Panel
    Support & Resources for Caregivers facilitated by Rhiannon Coxon, MPA

    Thursday, June 10–Sunday, June 13

    OutWatch at Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (virtual)

    Sunday, June 13

    Rally to Protest AAPI Hate
    Pride Friends & Fitness: Family Friendly Hike at Foothills Park
    Hosted by: North Bay LGBTRQI+ Families

    Wednesday, June 16

    “Friends of Dorothy Zoom” – Deep Eddy Cocktail Social & Educational Panel
    Chosen Families – Hosted by North Bay LGBTQI Families

    Friday, June 18

    Rise & Ride with Pride (GayDar/Rise Cycle)

    Saturday, June 19

    “Behind the Curtain” Movie Night – Sally Tomatoes
    Hosted by San Francisco Bay Times columnist Jan Wahl

    Sunday, June 20

    Pride Friends & Fitness: Paddle at Spring Lake
    Coordinated with Alexis P-Holmes & Sonoma County Regional Parks

    Wednesday, June 23

    “Friends of Dorothy Zoom” – Deep Eddy Cocktail Social & Educational Panel
    Body Dysmorphia Discussion

    Saturday, June 26

    OZ Pride Concert @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Featuring: Todrick Hall, Ryan Cassata, Morgan McMichaels & Bright Lights

    Sunday, June 27

    Drag on The River in Petaluma @ Grand Central Café, an SCP Benefit by Lady Tastemasters

    Therapeutic Movement incorporating qi gong, stretching, slow movement, balance, and more

    Taught by JT Bymaster of Body Work Therapy

    Wednesday, June 30

    “Friends of Dorothy Zoom” – Deep Eddy Cocktail Social & Educational Panel
    Emergency Preparedness presented by Cyndi Foreman, Fire Marshall

    Published on May 20, 2021