Niagara Pride continues its Pride Month celebration with its online Pride Art Auction fundraiser, an interfaith service and the upcoming unveiling of the new Rainbow Garden.
During Niagara Pride’s WNY Shopping With Pride, held earlier this month, local artist James Konidis (owner of James.Kreate in Buffalo) created a one-of-a-kind Pride artwork. which he donated to Niagara Pride to help raise funds for the organization. This piece, a resin-treated window with a Pride motif, along with another of his framed prints, is part of the PRIDE online art auction hosted by Niagara Pride. Several other donated pieces, including photographs, paintings and engravings, are also available at auction. The auction takes place until 9 p.m. Saturday and can be viewed at https://www.32auctions.com/niagaraprideartauction. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund Niagara Pride community programming in 2021 and 2022.
Additionally, Niagara Pride will sponsor an interfaith LGBTQ + affirmation service at 2 p.m. on June 27 in Oppenheim Park (Shelter 4). This event is an opportunity to participate in an affirmation service and to learn more about the different denominations of LGBTQ + acceptance. Participants will include Reverend Susan Frawley (Unitarian Universalist), Reverend Michael Keicher (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), Reverend Patrick Bradley (Episcopalian), Reverend Laura Norris-Buisch (Presbyterian) and Monk D. Wilkes Alexander ( Buddhist). Each of the clergy will read an inspiring book, including scriptures, that is meaningful to their religious tradition, and offer prayers and blessings to participants and the LGBTQ + community. After the service, the clergy will be available to discuss their religious perspective with participants and further explain their religion. The event is open to everyone. Dress will be casual and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Finally, Niagara Pride will unveil its brand new LGBTQ + Rainbow Garden in Niagara Falls. The Garden Space will serve as a way to honor all LGBTQ + individuals and families in Niagara County and serve as a reminder that the LGBTQ + community is another common thread in the rich and diverse tapestry that is Niagara County.
Power City Eatery donated the use of its garden for this project. The volunteers inaugurated the soil and began planting on June 5. The unveiling ceremony, which will take place on June 28 at 1 p.m. In addition, Old Falls Street will be decorated with rainbow banners and Niagara Falls will be lit up in rainbow pride colors at 9 p.m. tonight. The falls will be illuminated three times that evening for 15 minutes at a time at 9 a.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. June 28 marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the events planned for this day pay tribute to the birth of the LGBTQ + rights movement.