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Sweet Pride in July picnic set for July 13

| July 4, 2024 12:00 AM

Safe Harbor sponsors the Sweet Pride in July Picnic in the Park, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13 at Ronan City Park. The annual event includes food, fun, games, crafts, a fashion show, and a chance to build community.

According to SAFE Harbor Executive Director Brandi Clark, promoting a safe, inclusive and healthy community is core to the organization’s mission.

“We are excited to host this annual celebration that connects people of all ages,” she said. “It is a day to chill, enjoy summer in Montana, and make new friends.”

Although June is officially the Month of Pride, SAFE Harbor chooses to facilitate ongoing year-round activities that support a safe environment for all. The purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. For clarification, LGBTQIA2+ means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and any other affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify.

“Bringing people together is a healthy way to encourage positive relationships and a sense of connection,” Clark said. “We know from our work that often that lack of connection can lead to isolation, depression, anxiety and suicide ideation.”

This year, SAFE Harbor is working with the Journey to Wellness, the Salish Kootenai College-Spirit of Many Colors, Reason to Live Native, Mission Mountain Empowerment, and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in hosting the picnic.

“We are thankful for all of those who are partnering with us on the Sweet Pride Picnic,” Clark said. “Our community is rich in diversity, history, and culture. This is an inclusive way of recognizing that diversity.”

For information, call 406-240-0640 or email