BANGOR — Health Equity Alliance and the Bangor Pride Committee worked together to put on the Pride Plaza Outdoor Festival Sunday afternoon.
Attendees visited different booths set up by organizations during the farmers market-style event to get information and connect with resources that they needed.
“We just really want to make sure our community knows that they have places here that they can go to to get access to the resources that they need access to. In addition, we’ve got a lot of different artists that are just showcasing their work and the great things they’re doing for the community as well. Honoring themselves and getting it out there so folks and sport attire and honor themselves,” Health Equity Alliance LGBTQ + Manager Orion Tucker said.
One of those resources included Disabled American Veterans.
Keith Fox, a spokesperson for Disabled American Veterans, said he was grateful for the event because it helped raise awareness of services they can provide LGBTQ veterans.
“There are a lot of LGBTQ veterans that don’t know that we exist, and we’re here to let them know where here to help them,” Fox said.
Tucker added that events like the festival are the first step for people in the LGBTQ community to know that they have support in the Bangor area.
“Our community oftentimes needs to be able to have a place they can go and feel safe going to those places. By having events like this, they’re able to actually meet with somebody face to face, be able to feel it out, and make sure they feel comfortable and safe at those places,” Tucker said.