The month of June is also known as Pride Month. While cities all over Canada are gearing up to host some wicked events, one city is stuck crunching the numbers to see if any celebrations will even be possible. In order to celebrate inclusion and acceptance, Alberta city Medicine Hat is fighting to stop pride from getting cancelled with a new GoFundMe fundraising campaign.
Residents of Medicine Hat, Alberta have officially asked the public to help out with monetary donations to ensure the city can still participate in pride celebrations this year. According to Project Rainbow Medicine Hat Facebook group, Pride has fallen short of funding this year for a number of reasons including a change of board.
While the new and improved board has been learning the culture of running non-profit organizations, they were unable to secure the funding for a number of pride events.
In the past, the Medicine Hat Pride Festival was funded with a combination of grants from the city, fundraising events, sponsorships from companies, as well as contributions from businesses and individuals.
The GoFundMe page that has since been started notes that a lack of funding was also, in part, due to community organizations shutting down or losing funding altogether. These organizations were known to support pride in past years.
"Several organizations in our community that have long provided much-needed services, resources, and events for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community have lost funding or been shut down entirely,” writes the GoFundMe page.
Now, the Medicine Hat Pride Association and Project Rainbow are asking the public to help donate to the cause through a GoFundMe page. Along with monetary donations, the association is also asking people to donate their time by volunteering either as a performer or as a worker.
The goal is to raise $3,000. As of publishing time, the association has nearly $2,000 and the campaign is currently trending on GoFundMe.
“Pride week is an especially important time for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Medicine Hat. For many of us, it’s the only time we feel truly able to express our authentic selves without fear of judgement or persecution,” writes the page.
The page goes on to state that in light of political events, it is important to provide the community of Medicine Hat with a pride week.
The money would be used in a number of ways including covering the cost of promotional advertising, supplies, and venue rental. Any excess funds raised will go directly to fairly compensating the artists and performers who lend their time to the event.
Pride week for Medicine Hat is currently scheduled to be held in September this year. So far, there are a number of events planned, including a LGBTQ+ Fun & Game Night, Pride After-Dark Social, 2SLGBTQIA+ Film Fest, as well as a drag tea party with hosts and hostesses.
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