(Lander, Wyo.) – On Sunday, June 22, friends and supporters will gather with the LGBTQ community at City Park for the first ever Lander Pride Picnic. The picnic is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. at Lion’s Shelter in the park.
“Some changes take time” says Debra East, a longtime lesbian activist in Lander. “This picnic is happening at the right time. It’s taken some time, but we are ready now, and it is about time.” Debra and a group of LGBTQ organizers and their allies have been working together since March to plan the picnic.
The organizers think Lander is ready for such an event, and so does State Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander. “I’m proud of the organizers, and I am proud of Lander for doing this,” Case said in a news release.
The organizers hope the picnic will be a way for family members, friends and supporters to stand up with their loved ones and celebrate diversity in rural Wyoming. Lander’s Pride Picnic will feature live music from the Low Water String Band, a potluck barbeque and croquet tournament. The Lander Running Club is organizing a Rainbow Run to coincide with the event. Attendees are encouraged to dress in rainbow attire and bring a plate and a picnic item to share.