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.