Cincinnati Pride Parade
Saturday, June 24th, 11:00am
Show your support for our LGBTQ+ siblings by being in the family friendly parade representing Hyde Park Community UMC or by coming out and watching the parade and/or going to the Festival at Sawyer’s Point.
The purpose of Cincinnati Pride is to provide the Greater Cincinnati LGBTQIA+ community and allies a forum that promotes inclusion and acceptance while affirming individuality.
Another way you can support the outreach event is by donating fun size Skittles and Rice Krispie Treats that the group will pass out during the parade! A collection bin will be in the Social Hall.
Why do we participate as a faith community in the Cincinnati Pride Parade?
Hyde Park Community UMC participates in the Cincinnati Pride Parade because we believe that all people are of sacred worth to God and deserve dignity, freedom of expression, human and civil rights, and we want to celebrate and affirm LGBTQIA+ persons as beloved children of God.
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Download the Reference Sheet to get a full picture of Parade day!
ARRIVAL: Plan to arrive between 10:15 – 10:45 am. Entries 1-25 should go to 7th & Plum. All other entries should go to 7th & Central.
Parade participants will not be allowed on to 7th Street until all vehicles are placed. Do not stand or walk in the street until the area is opened by parade marshals.
FINDING YOUR ENTRY: Your organization has been assigned an Entry Number and a Lane Color. The Lane Color information tells you which lane on the street to walk down in order to find your entry.
HPCUMC’s Entry color: ORANGE Lane number: 167
DO's & Don'ts at the parade
Use a trash can or garbage bag.
Listen to parade marshals.
Throw items into the crowd.
No confetti poppers
Do not walk in the emergency lane
Protestors – Cincinnati Pride has a non-engagement policy. If there are protestors, ignore them. They are seeking attention and want to record videos to get clicks. Do not give them what they want. If protestors become disruptive, please notify parade marshals or local authorities and let us address the situation.
What is Pride?
History and Importance of Pride:
“Pride Month is an annual celebration of the many contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community to history, society and cultures worldwide. In most places, Pride is celebrated throughout the month of June each year in commemoration of its roots in the Stonewall Riots of June 1969.”
Watch Stonewall Uprising Documentary from PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/stonewall/
“When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.”
History of Cincinnati Pride:
In 2023, Cincinnati is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cincinnati Pride Parade.
Resources for Adults, Parents/Guardians, Youth, Children, and Allies
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual or Agender: This is an acronym that has expanded over the years to try and represent people who are gender and sexual minorities (GSM). The “+” in the term acknowledges that the acronym does not encompass all GSM identities and that our understanding of sexuality and gender evolves.”
From the author, Amy Hayes: “In this guide, I’ll unpack what the unglamorous, frequently uncomfortable work of allyship looks like in the different arenas of life. My goal is to gird you for the long haul of faithfulness to Jesus and to our LGBTQ+ loved ones. I write these words with all fear and trembling, knowing that I, especially as a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman, have so much still to learn too. Yet it’s here, in this space of humility and vulnerability, that God’s grace—just as bright and persistent as glitter—abounds. It’s on me. And it’s on you too.”
Allies are “people who are not LGBTQ+ themselves — have done an enormous amount to advance the cause of LGBTQ+ equality. An ally can show support for LGBTQ+ friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, co-congregants, family members and others in a wide variety of ways.”
Support Gender Nonconforming Children:
“Young gender non-conforming children who are supported and affirmed and accepted by their family in general experience higher self-esteem and better health outcomes and are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. For these reasons, it is important for parents and guardians to make sure their home is a place where their child feels safe and loved unconditionally.”
“The term “gender-expansive” came out of a report to classify youth who did not identify with traditional gender roles but were otherwise not confined to one gender narrative or experience. This term allows us to talk about youth who don’t meet our “traditional” understandings of gender without putting their identity in a box.”
Beloved Arise Non Profit:
“The big point of this eBook is to tell you this: There is a credible theological perspective that believes LGBTQIA+ Christians can be full participants in the Kingdom of God just as they are. You don’t have to sacrifice your faith or the identity God gave you. Living fully in both is a beautiful thing.”
Parents Reconciling Network:
“PRN began in 1999 when Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Hilton, both United Methodist pastors and parents of a gay child, brought parents together. They aimed to present a visible witness of parents in support of ending the denomination’s anti-LGBTQ+ stance and provide their LGBTQ+ children the same rights as cisgender, heterosexual United Methodists at The United Methodist Church’s 2000 General Conference.”
Parents Reconciling Network Zoom Calls:
“The Parents Reconciling Network talk about how to be supportive and faithful family and adults to LGBTQ children.”
Supporting Gender Nonconforming Children and Youth:
It is important to make distinctions between instances where “kids are being kids” and when they’re asserting things about themselves that are critical to their identity and development — as is the case with gender identity and expression.
Resource for Black Families, Family Members, and Caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Children and Youth:
“This resource expands on one person’s experience. We look at the racial biases and discrimination families experience while supporting their Black trans and gender non-conforming children. And the resilience of these young people and their families. We also highlight Black LGBTQ+ historical and current figures’ brilliance, ingenuity, and place-making in society.”
“A glossary of terms can be very helpful for equipping ourselves with some basic understanding of what someone means when they use a word. Some of these terms might be unknown to you. Let’s remember that these terms do not define a person. In reading the glossary below, we must treat these terms with gentleness, and a holy and humble reverence.”
“Talking to older adults about your child’s gender identity or transition can be some of the more difficult conversations parents of transgender children face. Grandparents and other older relatives and friends often have more conservative ideas about gender roles, and thus may have a more difficult time understanding or accepting your child’s transgender or gender-expansive identity. Being an advocate for your child can be difficult when the person you are defending them against is your own family, so first and foremost, try to approach these initial conversations with patience and compassion, rather than being confrontational or defensive.”
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