JAMESTOWN– The Jamestown Pride Committee will hold its annual J-Pride Autumn event 7:00-9:00 p.m., October 15th at the Robert H. Jackson Center. The event will feature speakers, entertainment, coffee and snacks from the Labyrinth Press Company, and an open mic with prompts to tell your story! There will also be door prizes with extra entries for sharing your story or donating to next year’s Pride Festival.
Held in collaboration with the Fenton Historical Society and the Robert H. Jackson Center, this year’s event will be a J-Pride coffee house and highlight stories of coming out and being in the LGBTQIA+ community in Chautauqua County. Anyone who wishes to speak can sign up and receive a prompt to speak at the open mic.
There will be door prizes and baskets from businesses who support Pride. Door prize entries are $5 with proceeds benefiting Jamestown Pride Fest 2022. Anyone who shares their story, or fills out a survey about the 2021 Pride Fest event will receive an automatic entry. Events Committee Co-chair Emily Van Wey said, “I am so excited to see the community support throughout Chautauqua County and the support for Pride from our local businesses!”
Events Co-Chair Rudi Andalora said, “The overwhelming response to Pride in June is something that we are planning to continue with this event. This event will be more intimate and about our community learning about itself.”
The J-Pride Coffeehouse event is made possible through support from the Robert H. Jackson Center, the Fenton History Center, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Institution, the YWCA, Forte, The Brindle Barn, the Shabby Shrub, and more.
For more information, email JamestownPride@MHAchautauqua.org or reach out to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamestownPride.