Sarah M. Lanse
GREENSBORO, NC — The 2019 Greensboro Pride Festival will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Alternative Resources of the Triad, which organizes the festival, will create its own Stonewall Stone Wall to honor the event which served as a catalyst for the modern Gay Rights Movement. The Greensboro Pride Festival, presented by Ralph Lauren, takes place on Sunday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. along South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro.
Festival attendees can commemorate Stonewall by creating their own stone. Stones will be available at the Greensboro Pride tent at the intersection of South Elm Street and West Washington Street (while supplies last). Anyone who wants to can fill out a stone with a word, a message, a picture, or something else meaningful to them in relation to the Stonewall Riots.
“The goal for the commemoration is to allow the community to reflect on how Stonewall has impacted their lives and what the event means to them,” says Alternative Resources of the Triad Secretary and Media Specialist Sarah Lanse. “Stonewall impacts each person in different ways. Some people remember when it happened, others learned about it online. This is our way of allowing everyone to make Stonewall personal to their own lives.”
After the Festival, Greensboro Pride will work with the Guilford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center to create an art installation of the Stonewall stone wall.
About Alternative Resources of the Triad:The Greensboro Pride Festival is the headlining annual event for Alternative Resources of the Triad (ART), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. ART’s mission is to be actively involved with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (GLBTQ) community of the Triad. ART works to support the emotional, social, and mental health needs of the GLBTQ community by maintaining an ongoing, visible, positive, educational, and supportive presence in the community.