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Tulsa Pride parade changes dates, announces committment to fighting injustice

2021 Tulsa Pride parade
Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 15:33:43-05

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahomans for Equality is moving dates for the 2021 Tulsa Pride parade out of remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

“Observing Pride has always been about remembrance. We remember Stonewall, we remember the AIDS epidemic, we remember The Pulse Nightclub, and we as the LGBTQ+ community must remember the impact of the Race Massacre upon this state,” organizers said.

The parade is now scheduled for June 25-27. Due to the vaccine rollout it is planned for an in-person event and organizers will follow all CDC and local community health official recommendations.

Organizers said it is time the LGBTQ+ community commits to anti-racist work and focus on the sphere of intersectional issues.

“We acknowledge the disparities in our state and our communities. We are in a time of mass awakening, and during this time, we must heal the injustices and reconcile these past sins. With the rise of bold leaders, community activists, and movements to uncover truths that have been hidden and overlooked, movements to create a just change in institutions demanding we correct course to avoid further destruction that we are able to move forwards.”

This year Tulsa Pride will collaborate with the OKC Pride Alliance in hopes to celebrate pride all along the "Mother Road." The OKC Pride Alliance Parade will be at 10 am on Saturday, June 26th in downtown Oklahoma City, and The Tulsa Pride Parade will be at 6 pm in the Art Deco/East Village in downtown Tulsa.

Organizers hope this year's observance emphasizes the importance of healing, unity, and bridge our communities as everyone remember the Oklahoma tragedy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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