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LGBTQ events take over Eastern Washington

Several LGBTQ events will take place across the country and Eastern Washington in the next several days, advocates saying they impact everyone.

Friday is the Day of Silence. Students take a vow of silence to represent LGBTQ youth who were lost to bullying and suicide, and who no longer have a voice.

The event is followed by a Night of Noise open mic performance at Columbia Basin College's downstairs HUB from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, PFLAG Benton Franklin is organizing The Climb, a fundraiser involving a hike up Badger Mountain in Richland at 5 p.m.

Money goes directly to local organizations providing awareness workshops to schools about youth suicide prevention. On Thursday, AECOM at WTP (Hanford Waster Treatment Plant) donated $2,000 for the cause.

Pre-registration is available through PFLAG Benton Franklin.

And on Sunday, Out And About in Pasco is hosting a Tri-Cities Pride Festival planning meeting. People of all ages are welcome between 4 and 6 p.m. to join and brainstorm ideas for the week of summer events.

Tri-Cities Pride is being crowd funded and is still asking for community contributions.


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