What: A virtual walk/run to kick off the Pride month celebration. All participants will receive a finisher medal.
Queer NEPA is a LGBTQ+ organization dedicated to culture, community, and justice. Queer NEPA blossomed out of the 2018 Pride Series, of the same name, organized by queer, transgender Muslim activist Emma Maloney (She/They Pronouns). A highlight of our 2018 Pride Series was the first Pride flag
raising in the city of Scranton. On Pulse Remembrance Day, June 12th, 2018, Queer NEPA officially declared its founding as an organization dedicated to nonviolent advocacy and advancing the cause of LGBTQ+ rights in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA).
Queer NEPA’s platform is rooted in equality and community building. From Pulse to Stonewall, the queer community has a history rooted in resilience and bonded by love. Understanding the past helps us navigate present-day, as well as create a better tomorrow. Queer NEPA is dedicated to a campaign of nonviolent activism for peace and LGBTQ rights in both Luzerne and
Lackawanna counties of NEPA. We also believe in gender equity, reproductive justice, and the abolition of poverty. Through volunteerism, advocacy, & coalition building, it’s our hope to see a society free of the systems of hate, violence, & oppression that have afflicted NEPA & the rest of the world. We also look to evoke change through the power of the arts by speaking truth to power & uplifting local LGBTQ creatives.
Overall, Queer NEPA seeks to create a space where people can be unapologetically themselves, as well as raise up a diverse community that uplifts marginalized peoples.