8pm, Monday, June 13, 2016
Union Square, Hickory
246 Union Square NW, Hickory, NC 28601
350-400 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday, Jun 13, at the sails in downtown Hickory to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting that killed 50 victims at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. The crowd came together as a community to honor, reflect and heal.
The Catawba Valley Pride LGBT* Welcoming Spaces campaign is in response to tragic deaths of two transgender teens in the Charlotte area, and efforts to pass laws enabling discrimination against LGBT* customers. Catawba Valley Pride seeks to create a more supportive environment in the Catawba Valley by asking LGBT* affirming businesses and organizations to display the message “We Welcome Everyone” in their storefront window.
Catawba Valley Pride is pleased to announce the scholarship winner for 2015. Dakota Duncan of Burke County has been awarded a $500.00 scholarship from Catawba Valley Pride. Dakota plans to attend Lenoir Rhyne University in his pursuit of attaining masters/doctorates in Western History, English, and teaching and become a high school teacher or professor.
President Michael Bookout presents the 2015 Scholarship to Dakota Duncan of Morganton, NC.
This scholarship is awarded to a Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell or Lincoln County resident and must be either a student who is LGBT or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT community. The applicant must also be a high school senior.
It is Catawba Valley Pride’s hope that Dakota will use this scholarship to continue his education while putting a spotlight on “equality!” Catawba Valley Pride is proud to give students the ability to follow their career path of choice as well as supporting them in their freedom to be who they truly are.
To friends new and old, a reminder to save the date for Catawba Valley Pride's 7th annual celebration,September 17. Please join your community for a gathering of pride, celebration and renewal. Ask your church, favorite business or civic group to be represented by attending, volunteer to be involved with the planning or make a donation to support the event.
As CVP Board President Michael Bookout said during his moving speech at the vigil, the point of Pride isn’t to tell the world, “look at me, I’m gay,” but rather, “look at me, I am human.” It doesn't have to take a tragedy for us to gather to support each with love and acceptance. Everyone is welcome at Pride events - LGBTQ folks and allies.Please come out and celebrate our common humanity.
To provide an annual opportunity to generate celebratory, cultural, artistic, and educational events which affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited people, and supporters through activities which promote unity, inclusion, and awareness of sexual and gender diversity as well as to increase public awareness of the LGBT community so as to eliminate homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination.
Catawba Valley Pride Inc
CVPride is accepting scholarship applications
from 2016 graduating high school seniors.
Click above for details.
Catawba Valley Pride, Inc. PO Box 3551, Hickory, NC 28603