By KELLY DOLEJSI
Friends of Los Alamos Pride
Two successful Pride Weeks and one pandemic later, Pride Week returns to Los Alamos June 5-13. This year’s theme is “Coming Out After COVID”.
The first Pride march in New York City was held June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (link). Fifty-one years later, towns and cities across the United States continue to celebrate gay pride and to advocate for LGBTQ+ people, year-round but especially in June. Many in Los Alamos are excited to share in the celebration, including many local business owners.
Pets are only one part of the community that Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells champions.
“We support Pride because it is important that everyone feels accepted and can live life without fear,” Wells said. “Pride is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and what makes us all the same. Anyone can have kindness in their heart and be a good soul.”
Pride Week Los Alamos, she said, “gives an opportunity for the whole community to listen and show support. In Los Alamos, many (LGBTQ+ people) may feel isolated. The sense of community created by an event is important. Sadly, violence, threats, and harassment still occur against the LGBT+ community and can happen even here. Bringing awareness to the struggles faced in the LGBT+ community helps us all.”
Wells said that while Pride is a time for all of us “to pause and reflect on our own actions and policies and look for places to improve … it’s important that our support be year-round.”
Pet Pangaea staff will undergo additional training as part of Pride to ensure her workplace welcomes and offers the same opportunities to all, Wells said.
This series of mini-profiles aims to highlight as many gay-friendly local businesses as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you own a business or run an organization and want to extend your support to Los Alamos Pride Week. Regardless of whether you own a business, follow Los Alamos Pride on Facebook here and Los Alamos Pride Week on Instagram here.