Second annual Whidbey Queer Pride Parade to take place in Langley this weekend

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South Whidbey’s second annual Queer Pride Parade and related events will take place this weekend. While the parade itself will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, there are other events taking place over the weekend.
The Whidbey Island Queer Conference is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in Zech Hall at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. The conference is free and open to all ages. There will be a short film screening for “A Tie to the Earth” by Sharon Shoemaker. In the film, “Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth, adults and parents of the youth talk about what to do to help gay and lesbian youth grow up and come out and how to make them safe and free from prejudice,” according to a press release from Queer Parade Productions.
The conference will also feature a “TRANS 101 Presentation and Q&A” with Skylar Liam Newkirk and a “Poetry Slam & Open Mic.”
The parade itself will be “A celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and allies on Whidbey Island,” per the press release. “Registration to participate is free and open to the public on the day of the parade.”
Participants can read the guidelines on the parade’s website. Preregistration is available but not required.
The grand marshal of the parade will be Charlie Murphy, and the Royal Family will be Rebecca Cleary, Bristol Branson and Allen Faith-Feyma.
Following the parade there will be a potluck picnic party 4-6 p.m. at Langley United Methodist Church. Queer Parade Productions says to, “Bring a snack, dish, beverage or treat between 12 and 2 then come back to mix, mingle, enjoy the evening and wind down from the excitement of the parade.”
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  1. If there is anybody reading this who is actually sensitive to the feeling of others, why would anybody use a homophobic hate term when they know how badly it effects some people? Why would anybody insist on calling the LGBT community a bunch of queers? These people have no concern what-so-ever for who they insult. Because they insist that queer is not an homophobic hate term, they create the legal situation where anybody can call anybody a queer and it is no longer hate speech. A person who assaults someone for being a queer is not committing a hate crime because the word queer no longer has negative public meaning. In fact, it is perfectly legal for me to say that I will not do business, provide goods or services, or to rent or sell housing to queers. I simply will not. Why is this legal? Because queers are no longer defined as a hate term for members of the LGBT community. Queer now means anybody, according to this group. Laws protecting the LGBT community do not apply to queers now. So these people have re-established queer as a focus word for the intolerant while stripping legal protections from the victims of these same intolerant people. Nobody can claim discrimination or harassment for being considered queer. Queer is now a legally acceptable word to call people, whether they want to be called this or not. I guess I should congratulate them for reversing the activism, and ignoring the assaults and murders, of an entire generation. Since I feel that popularizing an homophobic hate term is a danger to every member of the LGBT community then I guess instead I will say ” I hate queers” , because they do not care if they are insulting members of the LGBT community. After all, they are not members of a protected minority, they are just queers. Welcome to Island County, where I can now legally discriminate against anybody I want to call queer. After all, it is not a hate filled word.

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