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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