National Coming Out Day to be celebrated Sunday

A film at Salisbury University, city proclamation and bonfire are among events planned for Pride Week, beginning Sunday.

The Lower Shore Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Coalition Inc. will celebrate a week of the LGBTQ community on the Shore with several events.

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. On that Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a worship service, reader’s theater and a proclamation presented by Mayor Jim Ireton, at Faith Lutheran Church. The church is at 1416 Old Ocean City Road.

“We are really excited at Faith Lutheran Church to be hosting this event. As far as I know, it’s the first event of its kind in Salisbury where we’re actually bringing together faith traditions with the LGBTIA community,” said the Rev. Terry Langdon, pastor.

The “I” and “A” she mentioned are new to the traditional LGBTQ acronym and stand for “intersex” and “asexual,” she explained.

Langdon called it unusual for a Lutheran church to be involved in Pride Week, “because people think that those things don’t intersect, that it’s an oppositional relationship, faith or one’s religion, vs. the gay community or the LGBTQIA community.

“We’re trying, by being involved in this event and other things, to convey the message that, that’s not the case. There are some churches that frown on individuals who are part of the LGBTQIA community and don’t believe that kind of relationship is OK in society. But were trying to convey in our faith tradition that we don’t preach judgment or condemnation,  but rather that these relationships are blessed by God and part of the bigger vision and expectation, that we preach about all the time in terms of loving your neighbor and loving one another,” Langdon said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6:45 to 9 p.m., the film The New Black, and panel discussion will be at Salisbury University, in Room 111 of Fulton  Hall. The film will be presented in partnership with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and by the university.

Salisbury PFLAG, an organization for parents, friends, families and allies united with LGBT, will formally open on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children. The location is 408 Coles Circle.

That evening, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Wednesday Night Pride Night will be celebrated at The Brick Room, at 116 N. Division Street.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., The New Black will be shown in the Student Services Center Theater at 30665 Student Services Center Drive, Princess Anne.

On Friday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., PFLAG will host a vendor table at 3rd Friday Downtown.

That night, beginning at 11 p.m., the Pride Night Dragalicious Show will be at The Warehouse, at 1147 S. Salisbury Boulevard.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the week will conclude with a bonfire celebration on the Ocean City Inlet. Those attending should take their own chairs, food and games.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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