Joanna Marie Ulatan Pacific Daily News
Published 11:15 PM EDT May 31, 2019
June will be a busy month for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. While the annual march, party and festival are still all happening, there are also other events on the agenda.
Guam Pride will be hosting its first 5K/2k run/walk, according to organization Director Lasia Casil. It will be on June 2, with a show-up time of 5 a.m. The first 200 5K finishers and first 100 2K finishers will get a free t-shirt.
The run supports the annual Guam Pride March and Festival, plus the ISA LGBT scholarship at the University of Guam. It is $10 per person and $35 for groups of four.
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There will also be a proclamation signing for Pride Month on June 4 at Adelup, followed by an evening forum at the Guam Museum on Thursday, June 6.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero also will host a Pride breakfast reception at the Governor’s House on Friday, June 7, according to Casil.
She said this year’s Pride month is extra special considering Guam’s first elected, openly gay lieutenant governor, Josh Tenorio.
He is the first in United States history, said Casil. He has also been invited to walk in the World Pride parade in New York City this year, June 30.
Also, this year’s Pride month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, according to Casil.
“This (was) the launch of the modern day fight for equality,” said Casil. “The Stonewall uprisings were a series of events that happened in New York City when the (LGBTQ) community fought against the police because the police were harassing them.”
Pride month is not just a party or festival, said Casil, it is a time of reflection for all the sacrifices made for the community.
The party and festival are celebrations where people in the community and their supporters can come together after the hard work is done.
March, party, festival
Guam’s Pride Party will be on Friday, June 7 at The Globe Nightclub and will only be for those 18 years old and above.
Party will start at 7 p.m. and will have Miss Pangina Heals, Thai drag superstar and co-hostess of Drag Race Thailand, as well as Onan Spelmermaid of Japan, plus Mocha Diva of Hong Kong.
DJ Brian Cua of Manila and DJ Sir Roy will make sure the party will continue until the early hours of the following day.
Guam’s Pride March and Festival will be on Saturday, June 8. It will take place in Hagåtña at Skinner’s Plaza. It is open to the public and family friendly, said Casil.
Show-up time for the march will be at 3 p.m.