Heartland Pride (Omaha, NE) 2012 Candlelight Vigil. Omaha-Council Bluffs Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual, Transgender and allies gather to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS as well as those currently and historically affected by hate, bigotry and bullying.
On Thursday, June 28th the community will gather at Stinson Park (Aksarben Village 63rd and Center) at 8pm to celebrate those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS in our community as well as recognize those currently and historically affected by hate, bigotry and bullying.
June 28th marks the 43rd anniversary of The Stonewall riots in New York City. The series of spontaneous demonstrations against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when the gay community rallied together and fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities.
We ask the community gather at 8pm near the stage at Stinson Park. At 830pm the short program will begin with opening prayer and blessing the ground where we will celebrate Pride on June 30th by the Rev. Susan Ellis from Northside Christian Church, words from community activist and author Ruth Marimo, community activist and GSA student Caitlin Slagle, words from Heartland Pride President Beth Rigatuso are among some of those whom will be a part of this vigil. There will be free candles to the first 100!
Heartland Pride is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization. Heartland Pride 2012 will be held on Saturday, June 30th at Stinson Park (Aksarben Village) from 10am-10pm. For more information visit Heartland Pride on Facebook or at www.heartlandpride.org