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Date(s) - 06/01/2024
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


June 1, 2024
Elmira, NY…The Park Church and Southern Finger Lakes (SoFLX) Pride
announce the co-sponsorship of the second annual celebration affirming
LGBTQIA+ arts and culture on Saturday, June 1, 2024 to be held in Wisner Park,
downtown Elmira. Elmira PRIDE event time will be 11 AM to 4 PM.
The free Wisner Park Elmira PRIDE festival will feature local artists and
performers on stage in addition to community organizations, food, merchandise
vendors and interactive art activities for all ages.
Organizations who serve the LGBTQIA+ community and vendors are encouraged
to apply to participate in the event. Please email your interest to to receive an application.
On the next weekend, June 7-9, 2024, PRIDE festivities will take place in Corning,
organized by SoFLX Pride (;
The intention of both PRIDE events is to foster understanding and acceptance
through open, honest and non-judgmental learning and dialogue between those
who identify as LGBTQIA+ and those who would like to support and foster
relationships with LGBTQIA+ individuals in the two communities. Both The Park
Church and SoFLX Pride are dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive
community for everyone.
The Park Church’s sponsorship of the event is a reflection of its O&A (Open and
Affirming) stance that was adopted as a priority by the congregation in 2001.
“The congregation was founded by abolitionists in 1846, so it should come as no
surprise that the church continues to advocate about vanguard social justice
issues,” explains the Reverend Gary Brinn, Pastor and Teacher at The Park

The Park Church
Congregational, United Church of Christ
208 W. Gray Street
Elmira, NY 14901
The Rev. Gary Brinn, Pastor & Teacher

In addition to being an open and affirming congregation, The Park Church also
advocates as a climate justice congregation and works for racial and housing
justice in the greater Elmira community. As a member congregation of the United
Church of Christ (UCC), Rev. Brinn and The Park Church join over 1580 other
Open and Affirming UCC congregations nationwide.
“In our contemporary political discourse,” explains Brinn, “some people might
assume that all Christian churches are homophobic and prejudiced against full
and equal rights for women and people of color. But the UCC is a place where
people who believe in truthful, welcoming and compassionate relationships for all
can find others who share those values.”
The church applied for and received a community arts grant to support artists and
performers at the event from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a
regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the
Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
For more information….
• …about The Park Church, go to
• …about SoFLX, go to
• …about the UCC, go to

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