ROCKFORD (WREX) — A month to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Rockford officially kicks off Tuesday as Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara proclaims June as Pride Month.
The city started recognizing Pride Month in 2019, 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising, one of the most notable protests of discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community.
"This declaration was a big deal two years ago and it’s a big deal today, Brian Finn, of the Office Niteclub said. "We feel heard and acknowledged by this move."
After canceling the Pride celebration in 2020 because of the pandemic, Finn said this year's celebration on June 5 will be bigger than ever. The Office's Pride Alley Party is from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Office, 513 E. State St. Meteorologist Justin Ballard will be a keynote speaker.
On June 13, Meta Beauty Collective will host its inaugural Pride celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. at 2209 E. State St. Owner Sabrena Ferguson said Pride is about accepting people from all walks of life and celebrating our diversity.
"I am very proud to be a Rockfordian today and I’m very excited and proud to own a business in the community that welcomes people with open arms," she said.
The Pride celebration at Meta Beauty Collective is a family-friendly event.