Flint Pride in the Park Festival is back

FLINT — An annual community festival sponsored by Wellness Services, Safe Space Ally Center, UM-Flint, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan, American Liver Foundation, Good Beans Café, and Greater Flint Arts Council will present its 8th Annual Flint Pride in the Park Festival on June 23 at Riverbank Park, located at 328 Saginaw St., Flint.

Guests are invited to come out to this free event from 2-8 p.m.

Since 1986, Wellness Services, a non-profit organization based in downtown Flint, has strived to provide care for those living with HIV, prevent the spread of HIV & STIs, and provide safe and celebratory spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community and those who have been historically marginalized.

Flint Pride is Flint’s largest LGBTQ+ event. Its purpose is to promote diversity and inclusion, and to provide a safe, fun, environment. This event is completely open to the public and all ages are welcome. There will be vendors selling merchandise and food, local organizations providing information about their services, food trucks, drag queen performances, and live music from various artists. Also, there will be a kid’s corner, photo booth, and giant-sized board games.

Additionally, Wellness Services will provide trained counselors to conduct free HIV and Hepatitis C tests, as well as offer vaccinations for both Hepatitis A & B. The results are provided on-site within minutes. Free condoms will also be available.

Wellness Services strives to normalize HIV testing as part of everyday life, while educating communities about the latest news regarding sexually transmitted infections. With early diagnosis and treatment, someone with HIV can live a healthy average life span. This is why it’s very important to take control of your health by getting a test and learning your status. — G.G.

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