Opinion

OUR FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED, OUR PRIDE IS NOT

To Our Friends and Allies,


Out of concern for the health and safety of all members of our community, Open Door Pride has cancelled our fourth annual festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 27th, in Martin Park. We know we are one of many organizations needing to cancel major events, and our hearts go out to all those impacted.


While the Pride Festival is the most visible of Open Door Pride’s events, it is just one aspect of who we are and what we do. While the Festival will not go on, our care and support of our community continues, as it always has, 365 days a year. We are here as a resource for those seeking information about LGBTQ+ issues, as a community connector, and as a compassionate listener. We take to heart every day our mission: to promote diversity through inclusion for all.


During this time of safer-at-home and social distancing, we know that many in our community, especially our LGBTQ+ youth and elders, may not feel safe at home. To all of those quarantined in unsupportive homes, we see you surviving day by day and we are so proud of you. We are here for you. Reach out to us at info@opendoorpride.org; visit our website and sign up for our newsletter to stay connected with a supportive community. If you know of an LGBTQ+ person who may be feeling particularly isolated right now, please reach out to that person via a phone call, an email or a text message. It’s amazing how much a friendly hello can do in the lives of those who feel so alone.


We have been so grateful for the community’s response and encouragement for our annual festival. We want to acknowledge that many local businesses that have supported us so generously since our first Pride Festival in 2017 are currently hurting. Now more than ever, it is important for us all to shop local, and to support those businesses so they can continue to make us a diverse, strong and vibrant community. 


Though the festival is not taking place, we are working on alternative plans to celebrate and support the diversity of our wonderful Door County community. We look forward to you joining us.


Gratefully,

Open Door Pride 


signed by members

Cathy Grier, James Champion, Cynthia Germain, Steve Makovec, Jerod Santek, and Sandy Brown

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