Flint Pride in the Park is back again

FLINT — An annual community festival sponsored by Wellness Services, Safe Space Ally Center, UM-Flint, Mott Community College, Blue Cross Complete of Michigan, Greater Flint Arts Council, Between the Lines, Genesee Health Systems, MTA, Janssen, Lion’s Den, Dort Federal Credit Union, and Hamilton Community Health Network will present the ninth annual Flint Pride in the Park Festival on June 22 at Riverbank Park, 328 Saginaw St.,. Guess are invited to come to this free event between 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, present the spread of HIV and 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. It purpose is to promote diversity and inclusion, and to provide a safe, fun environment. The event is 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’s 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. 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 an 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.