BALTIMORE, MD (June 25, 2021) — State Delegate Robbyn Lewis announces the second annual Patterson Park Pride Picnic. This unique, community-driven event responds to an expressed need for recognition and celebration that was expressed by LGBTQ residents living in the Patterson Park area. Due to COVID-related restrictions, many of Baltimore’s annual Pride events have been cancelled.
This community-driven celebration is important because of the presence of the Giant Key West Rainbow Flag, which is on display, hanging from the exterior façade of the building located at 2901 East Baltimore Street. Created by the late Gilbert Baker, also known as “the Gay Betsy Ross”, the Giant Key West Rainbow Flag was originally 1.25 miles long. The fragment that is on display here is approximately 20 feet long. It was provided by residents Brian Wettstein and Jeff Brow.
“Jeff and I are happy to share the Key West Rainbow Flag, because it reminds us of the ongoing movement for LGBTQ rights. Seeing it on display in the heart of our neighborhood also sends a message of joy, acceptance and welcome” says Brian Wettstein.
The event also links support to locally-owned small businesses that are offering discounts and specials to celebrate Pride, including Water for Chocolate Restaurant, Charmed Kitchen Restaurant and Off the Rox Wine & Beer.
“As an African American family-owned small business, I’m always glad to support community events, especially when it’s for a good cause” says Jeryl Cole, owner of Off the Rox Wine & Beer.
Baltimore city is home to three of the four LGBTQ members of the Maryland General Assembly: Senator Mary Washington and Delegates Maggie McIntosh and Luke Clippinger, all of whom have been invited to speak at the event.
Event updates can be viewed on the Facebook page https://fb.me/e/1vKQyZEIx
For more information, please contact Delegate Robbyn Lewis at Robbyn.Lewis@house.state.md.us or 443-604-2984.