On June 16, Collingswood is going all out for its first Pride night on the lawn of the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike. An evening packed with speakers, advocacy groups, activities and even the infamous Drag Queen Story Hour, Pride Night promises to be a night to remember!
Friends of the Collingswood Public Library worked in tandem with the Borough of Collingswood to bring together resources for the community, especially the youth who are often overlooked and underrepresented. A recent study by the Trevor Project found that LGBTQ+ youth are 40 percent less likely to commit suicide if even one adult in their lives is supportive of their lifestyle. Events like Pride Night help to highlight facts such as these and raise awareness for acceptance of all, regardless of sexual preference or orientation.
“Pride Night is a great example of Collingswood’s commitment to inclusion for all our residents and visitors. The Borough has long been recognized as a welcoming home for all. Pride Night is the Borough’s chance to help others embrace this same spirit and truly spread love and acceptance,” says Borough Commissioner Morgan Robinson.
The night of family-friendly fun kicks off at 5 p.m., filled with activities, music and fun for all. Guests are encouraged to (literally) wear their pride on their sleeves: Show off your colors and come ready to celebrate!
Pride Night Schedule
In the tent:
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Drag Queen Story Hour with Brittany Lynn
• 6:45-7:15 p.m. Panelist Q&A with Cooper, PFLAG, CHOP, Jefferson and Collingswood Library
• 7:15-8:00 p.m. Music and mingling with Barry Hollander
On the grounds:
• Balloon Artist
• Music from Barry Hollander
• Wear your PRIDE! Show off your best pride wear!
• Photo area with local photographer Peg Schyner
• What’s your flag? Design the flag that represents YOU
• Library make-and-take projects
• Resource tables from Camden County, PFLAG, CHOP, Jefferson, Collingswood Library, Collingswood GSA
• 7-7:30 p.m. Kona ice truck
Learn more at www.Collingswood.com.