About a dozen people came out to fight hate on the corner of H and 18th streets in Arcata on Friday after posts on Nextdoor and social media told of a Pride Flag that was displayed in a garden on the same corner had been burned.
A Pride celebration is scheduled to start at noon today in Ferndale in front of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, which posted a sign during this month that reads, "Hurt by LGBTQ Culture? Healing Here."
Participants are asked to come in their "loudest rainbow attire and with flags." June is Pride Month nationally, though events locally have been held over the years in September, when college students are around.
The event comes on the heels of a protest yesterday at 18th and H streets in Arcata response to the destruction of LGBTQ+ flags at the community garden there. Vicki Fikes, who maintains the corner garden, found the flags destroyed earlier this week and posted about it on social media. See Mark McKenna's photos of that rally in the slideshow below.