Cortland to host service celebrating LGBTQ pride

Members of the Cortland LGBTQ Center posing for a photo. (Camilo Fredes/ Cortland Voice).

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The Cortland LGBTQ Center hosted a 50 Years of Pride service Tuesday night as part of Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.

The LGBTQ Center serves a number of functions in the community, one of which is to offer training to schools, businesses and organizations that are looking to cultivate a more LGBT inclusive environment, says LGBTQ Center coordinator Samantha Adams. The center also offers community events and classes and is open for anyone who wants to learn more about LGBTQ culture.

“People can come here and learn about the history of the LGBTQ community,” Adams said.

Tuesday’s event also recognized the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots of June 28, 1969, when members of the gay community held spontaneous demonstrations in response to an early morning police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The event is seen as one of the catalysts that inspired the LGBT movement on a national level.

The LGBTQ Center and the Cortland Community Clergy, will be hosting an Interfaith Pride Service event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 Church Street, Cortland.

“We felt it was important to come together to honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, to create a sacred space to gather and to show our support for the LGBTQ community” said Rev. Darcey Laine of the Cortland Unitarian Universalist Church. The service will be followed by light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of the service is “A Million Moments of Pride: 50 Years After the Stonewall Uprising.” Guest speakers include Adams; Rev. Laine; Rev. Peter Williams, pastor of Grace Episcopal & Holy Spirit Lutheran Church; and Rev. Steph Brown of the Homer Avenue United Methodist Church.