RVA Pop-Up Pride to launch LGBTQ Summer Picnic Series 6/18
RVA Pop-Up Pride will host its first meeting of their LGBTQ Summer Picnic Series this weekend at Forest Hill Park. All are welcome to attend this community summer event and encouraged to pack a lunch and a blanket for the picnic. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, in addition to various activities like kickball, frisbee, and a water balloon fight.
Pop-Up Pride is presented by the Toge+her Project, a local non-profit organization working to provide holistic support and healthcare to men with HIV. Darius Darrell Pryor founded the project in March of 2016 to fill a need for a more comprehensive HIV care system than the ones currently in place.
“The whole space of HIV and prevention and treatment and everything is changing on different levels, but it’s not changing where we need it to,” said Pryor.
Through his part-time position working at the Fan Free Clinic and his personal struggle living with HIV for the past six years, Pryor has experienced being both a patient and practitioner of HIV treatment.
The Toge+her Project plans to provide its members with support that goes beyond the purely medical, and addresses the unique financial, social, and mental health needs of HIV patients.
In addition to presenting a fun and free summer activity, the picnic series was conceived to bring awareness to the Toge+her Project’s cause.
“As a public face I wanted to do something with the organization, but something for everyone,” said Pryor. “That’s where I came up with Pop-Up Pride.”
The Summer Picnic Series will give the LGBTQ community of Richmond a way to casually socialize in a friendly and public space. Pryor feels that events like the picnic series are sorely needed in the gay and lesbian community, because the places that LGBTQ people mingle are still limited to gay pride parades and nightclubs.
“I love RVA Pride, but I want to take some of the presentation away and just be,” said Pryor.
RVA Pop-Up Pride’s LGBTQ Summer Picnic Series will take place this Saturday, June 18th at Forest Hill Park from 3PM to sunset. The second in the LGBTQ Summer Picnic Series will take place on Saturday, July 9th and the last picnic will be held on Saturday, August 13th at Deep Run Park, For updates and details visit the RVA Pop-Up Pride Group here.
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