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Safety Alert: The True Spirit of Pride



As we gather for the YS Pride Festival, let's remember the essence of what brings us together: unity, love, and inclusiveness. This festival is more than a celebration; it's a testament to our collective strength and resilience. We honor our differences, cherish our individuality, and rejoice in our togetherness. Let this event be a reminder of the progress we've made and the journey ahead.


We must also acknowledge that there may be those present who oppose the LGBTQ+ community. In light of this, it's important to remain safe and aware of our surroundings. If you encounter any issues, please alert local law enforcement or YS Pride volunteers immediately. Recognizing the difference between direct threats, which are actionable and must be legally addressed, and indirect insults, which are best ignored is critical. Although often difficult, our responses should consistently reflect the values we cherish, particularly in the context of a family-friendly celebration.


Below are safety tips to help individuals and communities successfully navigate pride events. 


 

PRIDE SAFETY TIPS (Provided by: AVP.org )

When gathering as a community for Pride celebrations, it’s important to be intentional in maintaining safety in the space together. Pride goers who witness violence can play a pivotal role by informing event staff or law enforcement immediately.


  • Charge your electronics and bring chargers and/or extra battery packs. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings: Locate public spaces and 24-hour businesses to seek help if you feel unsafe. 

  • Always trust your instincts. If you feel threatened or unsafe, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. 

  • Notify event organizers or nightclub staff if you face violence or harassment for immediate support. 

  • Use words to alert bystanders and get away if you can. 

  • Consider your power and privilege in a situation, and consider the ways in which you can be most effective in helping another. Many times the best way to intervene doesn’t require becoming physically involved. 

  • Speak up, be LOUD, and call out what’s happening: identifying violence by name can help deter it. If you see something, say something! 

  • Distract and divert the attacker’s attention by making a scene, and being noisy to draw the attention of others. 

  • Record what’s happening by taking video on your phone. 

  • Ask what support the survivor needs and provide it if you can. 


 

In the face of adversity, we have a choice. Decide to rise above hate, to ignore offense, and to strive for a better world. Choose grace in your actions, lead with love in your interactions, and be the example that inspires others. Each one of us has the power to influence our community positively, to set a precedent for kindness and acceptance.


At the YS Pride Festival, let's commit to being the change we want to see. In partnership with the Yellow Springs Police Department, Village Management & Council of Yellow Springs, let's create a safe space where everyone feels valued and celebrated. If you see something, say something.


Together, we can make a difference. Let's show the world the true spirit of community, the true spirit of pride.

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