An event aimed to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community in the panhandle will be coming to Gering later this month.
The Scotts Bluff County Democratic Party is co-sponsoring the inaugural Panhandle PRIDE Picnic on Saturday, August 29 at Gardner Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Panhandle PRIDE organizer Ryan Griffin says everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend; whether you are a member of the LGBT community, a family member, friend or an ally.
“It’s just an event for people to get together, socialize in a very friendly environment to get the ball rolling and open that diverse community and show that Scottsbluff, Gering, and the entire panhandle really is more open and accepting than people may realize,” explains Griffin.
Griffin says that a lot of young LGBT people feel they need to leave the panhandle when they grow up because there’s no place for them here. He says he hopes to make this a starting point so they know there’s a community developing to prevent them from feeling alienated.
The event will have pizza, grilled foods and beverages. Participants are encouraged to bring pot luck items such as side dishes, desserts and additional non-alcoholic refreshments. Donations are also appreciated to help defer costs.