There may not be rainbow floats in the streets, but Pride is still happening in Carrboro, N.C.
You’re invited to take a trip down memory lane and sample the Pride vibe that took place in Carrboro in 2019 through the film Small Town Pride from director Richard Jaimeyfield, a local filmmaker. We’re sharing this out to everyone on Friday, June 26.
Small Town Pride is now available for viewing at https://youtu.be/kw15AkJVSfI
During June 2019, the Town of Carrboro celebrated the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in several ways, including a Pride parade, a poetry night, a LatinX celebration and a panel discussion of current LGBTQ+ issues. The Town closed out the festivities with a dance party on the Town Commons.
Mayor Lydia Lavelle has proclaimed June 2020 LGBTQ+ Month in Carrboro. She acknowledges that Pride 2020 hasn’t been the same as previous in-person celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, she expects this film will bring Pride to our community and people everywhere.
The 13-minute film offers a brief view into how a small southern town can create safe spaces and understands the importance of being seen and heard, while also calling into action the work that still needs to be done.
“Carrboro has a rich history of being a leader in the state when it comes to advocating for the LGBTQ+ community,” Mayor Lavelle said. “We are delighted that Richard was able to showcase this history.”
Jaimeyfield graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1996. He has directed short films, music videos and worked on projects, which aired on MTV, National Geographic and The History Channel. He served on the town’s planning board for three terms and also directed the town’s music video, It’s Carrboro 2014. Richard happily lives in Carrboro with his husband and their four dogs.
June 26th Significance
Several major United States Supreme Court decisions impacting LGBT rights in a positive way have been announced on June 26. These include Lawrence v. Texas (a 2003 decision striking down sodomy laws); United States v. Windsor (a 2013 decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act); Obergefell v. Hodges (a 2015 decision affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry); and Pavan v. Smith (a 2017 decision finding that both mothers of a child had the legal right to be listed on their child’s birth certificate).
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