Story by A.J. Arias
The sixth annual Warwick OCNY Pride Event took place on Sun., Jun. 10. The event, which celebrates the LGBTQ community, started with a brunch and festival like atmosphere at the Warwick Valley Community Center and later led to a parade through the Village. The parade was led by Grand Marshal Rebekah Bruesehoff, an 11-year-old transgender girl who Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard called, “someone for everyone to look up to.”
Bruesehoff said that she was “very excited to be the Grand Marshal” and that she knew how much of an honor it was. Later on during her speech to the crowd Bruesehoff said, “Despite all the rainbows, it’s still hard to be an LGBTQ, but the future is bright.”
Bruesehoff thanked everyone who came out to the event and wanted everyone to know that they can enact change at any age.
Many different organizations and groups marched in the parade, showing their support for the LGBTQ community.
The family-friendly event took place on the lawn of the Warwick Valley Community Center where several vendors and performers entertained the attendees.
Danielle Barbour, of Safe Space America, spoke at the event as well. Barbour gave attendees opportunities to assist in helping the community by making them aware of sign-ups for different committees that Safe Space America sponsors to help the LGBTQ community as well as the community of Warwick at large. One of Safe Space America’s committees aims to, by next year, erect an LGBTQ monument in the Town of Warwick as a memorial to members of the community. It’s a dream of Barbour’s that she hopes to see come true.