By William Dietz ~ News Editor
Hill City Pride will host PrideFest 2021 on Aug., 28. PrideFest will include Pride in the Park at Riverfront Park, and Pride After Dark at the Glasshouse in Downtown Lynchburg.
Pride in the Park will have food and craft vendors, community partners, sponsors, and LGBTQIA+ performers to celebrate the community. The event is set to open at 1p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
Pride After Dark is a ticketed event that will cater to participants 21 or older and doors open at 8p.m.
The University of Lynchburg is cosponsoring this event, and Vice President of Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Robert L. Canida said, “The University of Lynchburg is pleased to support this year’s Hill City Pride event. As a university that believes in and fosters justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, respect, voice, and a place of belonging, we look forward to being a collaborative partner, as the City of Lynchburg celebrates its LGBTQIA+ community.”
Hill City Pride is a non-profit organization formed to build a stronger and more inclusive community across the Greater Lynchburg area for any local LGBTQIA+ community members and people who support them. Each year, Hill City Pride hosts “Pride Celebrations” to welcome the community in the region to gather, celebrate, and create a sense of belonging, connectedness, and community amongst their attendees.
The PrideFest 2021 website stated that the event will provide safe and creative ways to honor our local traditions while taking into account varying levels of personal comfort.
The Lynchburg community is also able to volunteer for PrideFest 2021 via https://www.hillcitypride.org/volunteers