Why Pride & Fight Prejudice?
In 2020 we know that being part of the LGBTQ+ community means fighting to be who you are every day. At the Center we know that, and we see you. This year one of the Center’s new initiatives is to celebrate that tenacious attitude in all the work we will undertake. So, throughout the year we will be communicating with you and highlighting the ways the Raleigh Center is celebrating pride and fighting prejudice.
To kick off the Pride and Fight Prejudice Campaign we want to highlight our Drag Queen Story Hour Raleigh Program. Each month these dedicated volunteers go across the Triangle to make sure Rainbow Children feel welcome, validated, and included in a safe and celebratory environment. Over the last year alone almost 1,000 people have attended a reading hour across Raleigh, not to mention the program was recognized as the recipient of WRAL TV’s 2019 Best Family Friendly Event in the Triangle Award. Every action they are taking, and every event they hold is a bold act to celebrate pride, the same pride we all feel in being our true and unique selves. More so, the same events are inspiring the future generation toward more acceptance of gender expansive friends, and for LGBTQ+ equality.
Drag Queen Story Hour and You
Since the program has grown and gained both popularity and media attention so too have grown the voices of prejudice. Each month there are a growing number of vocal protestors that rally against the amazing work these performers and volunteers do, as they attempt to shut down these events, and discourage the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people here in the Triangle. Therefore, additional costs have been added to the program to prepare for the protests, and to shield the families and the children from the voices of prejudice.
The program has now had to buy additional protest screens so the signs can be hidden, along with umbrellas, and there is also the need to buy costumes and more to distract the children from seeing the protesters.
This is where we ask for you to join us in this particular fight. We need additional volunteers to come and celebrate the performers, and families, and also to be a protective layer between the event and the protests. Also, if you contributed $125 to the Center on a monthly basis you would be equipping Drag Queen Story hour to do the following:
- $50 to sponsor a performer
- $45 to sponsor 3 new books
- $30 to cover the cost of crafts
Thank you for your continued support of our Center. It is because of you we can celebrate pride and fight prejudice each and every day, and we are truly thankful for each and every one of you. We hope to see you at a Drag Queen Story Hour soon and are inspired by you to continue serving the Triangle and beyond.
Director of Communications and Advancement