ADAPT Community Network program participants joined in on the Harlem Pride Celebration Day festivities.
A great feature of ADAPT Community Network is that persons supported have the opportunity to participate in many different groups and activities. One of those groups is ADAPT’s LGBTQ/Allies group, which meets every Friday at 175 Lawrence Avenue. The group’s facilitator Hans Anggraito invited the group to participate in Harlem Pride’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Day, held Saturday, June 29th on Harlem’s west side.
Event organizers had predicted that more than 20,000 attendees would visit Harlem in June to participate in festivities. “This year is the 10-year anniversary of Harlem Pride, the 100-year anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion,” said Hans. “In our group, we discuss the intersection of issues between communities including LGBTQ, race and disability and learn to be allies. It was important for us all to be there.”
Five people supported and two staff from ADAPT attended, including Nadine W. , who attends ADAPT’s LGBTQ/Allies group regularly. “It was my first time at a LGBTQ Pride celebration,” said Nadine, who felt it was a trip worth taking. “I found it interesting and surprising how free and open the people were. They weren’t judgmental towards us, towards people with disabilities. The people there, in general, were very friendly. I will definitely go again!”