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  • Writer's pictureIan Sullivan

Celebrating Pride with LGBTQ+ Youth

Today starts PRIDE MONTH and as a result many events and activities are planned to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning community here in Spokane and in communities everywhere!

Join Odyssey and other supporters of LGBTQ+ Youth at these Pride festivities.

Pride in the Park CDA

Saturday June 2nd

Hosted by North Idaho Pride Alliance. Join Odyssey and other community partners at City Park in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 10am-3pm including community village, live entertainment, and more! More information available HERE

Pride in Perry

Wednesday June 6th

The Perry District, Odyssey's neighborhood for over 10 years, is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with the first ever Pride in Perry!

Join us for food and drink specials at area restaurants, an Odyssey Open House, interactive art, DJ, vendor booths, pride fashion, and more! All venues and activities are family friendly and open to all!

Open House: Odyssey's Drop-In Center will be open to community members from 5-7pm during Pride in Perry for supporters to tour the space, meet youth participants and staff, and find out ways to get involved in the organization.

Participating Perry District Businesses Include...

Veda Lux Boutique Him & her vintage furniture The Lantern Tap House* Tsuga Northwest Arts The Shop Perry Street Brewing*

Sister Bees Kitchen*

Emily Wenzel Photography Wellness Tree *A portion of specific sales from these businesses (Sister Bees, Lantern, PSB) will go back to support Odyssey Youth Movement and LGBTQ+ youth.

Spokane Pride Parade and Festival

Saturday June 9th

March with Odyssey! The parade begins at noon. Meet the Odyssey group at the intersection of Spokane Falls and Stevens by 11:30am to join in the parade. We'll be waiving signs, passing out Odyssey resources, and spreading Pride to the crowds!

Visit Teen Zone! During the festival, from 1pm to 6pm, Odyssey hosts the Teen Zone which is a youth only space for Middle and High School students. The space includes buttons, games, activities, and a chance to connect with peers in a teen focused space. All Middle and High School aged youth are welcome to join in.

Other Pride Week Events

Interfaith Pride Service - Tuesday June 5th at Community Minded Enterprises (Info)

PFLAG Dinner Community Dinner - Thursday June 7th at the Unitarian Church (Info)

Pride Foundation Reception - Thursday June 7th at the Saranac Building (Info)

However you are celebrating Pride this month, take a moment to educate yourself on the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and be sure to look for ways to get involved in the journey moving forward. A great place to start is Odyssey's website HERE where you can apply to be a volunteer, donate, or contact staff to ask questions & learn more.

Odyssey Youth Movement is PROUD to promote equity for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest through our youth-driven programs and community education. Events like those listed above allow us to celebrate that work as an organization and also help it grow as we engage with all of you.

Happy Pride Month!


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