CU Pride Day 2021 |


Champaign County, Ill. (WCIA)

Uniting Pride was founded in 2009 as an organization to champion the equality, well-being, advocacy and visibility of LGBTQ + communities in Champaign County.

Since then we have been active in the community through support and social groups, community development events, educational workshops, clothing drives, art festivals, political advocacy, etc.

Two programs of which Uniting Pride is particularly proud are our variety of support groups for people of all ages and our LGBTQ + affirmation networks for businesses, faith groups and healthcare providers. Information can be found on our website.

CU Pride Party 2021

This year we have a full week of programming: from education to entertainment, there will be lots of fun for the whole family.

Covid Policies: Indoor events are vaccinated only and masks are mandatory. Outdoor events are required masks unless seated and socially distant.

We need lots of volunteers to run our weekend programs. People can register through the website.

One of my favorite things this year is all the partnerships with different organizations in our community. Uniting Pride looks forward to even more of this in the years to come:
Quiz night at Common Ground on September 22
Online workshop with Karen Simms, Director of Trauma & Resilience Initiative, in conversation with Julie Pryde on September 23
Community Music Jam at the Urbana Downtown Community Arts Center on Saturday morning
Saturday night shows with Pygmalion
Clothing swap at Art Coop and Pride Quilt Pieces provided by GCAP hanging at Art Coop
This year is truly a co-op program and that means there really is something for everyone!

And of course we have the usual Vendor Fair and Parade on Saturdays. Urbana city center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the parade at 3 p.m.

But one addition I’m also very excited about is our Sunday drag picnic at West Side Park. Free and fun designed for kids. Drag Story Time, then a class where kids can learn to walk the track of real professional drag queens live, with crafts and food from local businesses, then a big and amazing drag show.

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