Prideful Voices Vancouver to tell real stuff of comingout journeys

first_imgAt the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Abasi Umoh sat at the counter of an old-school diner, put on a pair of headphones, and closed their eyes.The 22-year-old Umoh, who uses they/them pronouns, was transported back in time, to a time when their skin color would have excluded them from the diner — but when sit-in demonstrators did so anyway. The sounds of shouts and violence came through the speakers, yelling at them to leave, to get out of this public space.Just minutes before, Umoh had watched as their “proud and strong African father” sat through the same simulation, and began to cry.It was shortly afterward, empowered by those civil rights leaders who came before them, that Umoh decided that it was time. It was time to come out to their father as queer.We won’t spoil the rest of the story for you. You’ll have to listen for yourself.Umoh and three other queer and gender nonbinary Clark County residents will take to the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver to share their stories of triumph and struggles on their journeys of coming out. Doors to Prideful Voices Vancouver open at 2:30 p.m. at the church, located at 4505 E. 18th St. Tickets are available on a sliding scale starting at $10, and proceeds will benefit Triple Point, Queer Youth Resource Center and PFLAG Southwest Washington, Vancouver organizations supporting LGBTQ youth. There will also be a performance by Acchord, an a capella choir group from Portland made up of transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming singers.It’s the first Vancouver event for Portland-based Our Bold Voices, which organizes storytelling events — part TED Talk, part motivational speeches — throughout the metro area.last_img

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