Over the years, downtown Ferndale has become known to many as the unofficial center of southeast Michigan’s LGBT culture and pride, all year ‘round. In 2011 a handful of dedicated Ferndale residents and friends organized a June weekend of events known simply as Ferndale Pride.
This year Ferndale Pride is shaping up to be bigger and better, while retaining the friendly neighborhood vibe you know and love. The weekend festivities open with ’Light the Night Against Hate,’ a family-friendly walking tour happening Friday, June 15, from 8:30-10:00pm.
‘Light the Night Against Hate’ has been re-designed for 2012 as a self-directed walking tour through downtown Ferndale and its adjoining neighborhoods. While details of the route are developing, the plan is for walkers to visit welcome stations along the way where they can learn more about historical and contemporary issues surrounding hate in our schools and communities, including hateful speech in social media and online bullying. Walkers may also participate in a candle lighting ceremony and carry colorful glow sticks to visibly unite against hate.
You, or your organization, are well acquainted with the damage done by hateful rhetoric and violence against members of the LGBT community and our allies. Participation in this event is an opportunity to raise greater awareness of your on-going work and to reach others who may be in need of assistance. Please join us in promoting Light the Night, where LGBT history month meets the energy and activism of international pride month.
- Host a welcome station along the route. Bring literature, promotional materials, or create a display. Provide staff or volunteers to present a short overview of your organization, experience, or message to walkers in an open house style atmosphere.
- Other commitments that night? You can still participate. Just provide your literature/material to us and we will work with you to incorporate your message into the evening.
- Provide the space for a welcome station in or near downtown Ferndale. We are in search of several indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate 8-10 walkers at any given station and time.
- Get involved! We are building this event from the ground up, so ideas and volunteers are always welcome. More details will be provided as planning progresses toward Light the Night Against Hate, June 15, 2012.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. We are very excited about this new event and look forward to your participation. One of our committee members will follow up to answer any questions you may have and to confirm your level of participation. Please feel free to forward this invitation.
Thank you, Ferndale Pride, Light the Night Against Hate Committee