Donning rainbow gear, dozens collect for inaugural Delight bike experience in Hyattsville
With rainbow flags tacked onto their bikes and canine in tow, dozens gathered for a Delight bike experience in Hyattsville Saturday afternoon.
The inaugural occasion, which was organized by PG Change Makers and a number of other associate organizations, started at Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. There, people gathered to brighten their bikes earlier than the procession and returned later for dialog, beer and an award ceremony on the finish.
“We at all times go to Baltimore or D.C. for delight occasions, however we wished to indicate that Prince George’s County has delight as effectively,” mentioned Ashanti Martinez, one of many occasion’s organizers from PG Change Makers.
The occasion happened because the Capital Delight Stroll and Rally was set to begin just some miles away in Washington, D.C.
Krystal Oriadha, one other organizer of the occasion, stood on the helm of the bikers beneath the cloudy, however shiny sky. She has been an organizer for greater than a decade, specializing in the intersectionality of race, sexual orientation and faith, she mentioned.
“I really feel like there’s a niche, particularly in my neighborhood, with the intersectionality of being a Black lady and a part of the LGBTQ neighborhood,” Oriadha mentioned. “It’s actually necessary for me to be a part of one thing that exhibits the delight in our neighborhood.”
Katy Kutzner, a Hyattsville resident, joined in on the bike experience along with her spouse and canine. As a brand new member of the neighborhood, she mentioned she is wanting ahead to assembly different members of the LGBTQ neighborhood sooner or later at extra in-person occasions.
“Having spent the final 4 or 5 prides celebrating in D.C., we’re actually excited to have a good time right here now the place our house is,” she mentioned.
However, organizing the inaugural Delight occasion didn’t come with out its challenges.
Oriadha mentioned the group was trying to work with a venue PG Change Makers had labored with earlier than, however the venue refused to associate with the group as soon as they discovered the occasion can be for Delight.
“They knew my orientation as being one of many co-founders of PG Change Makers, however they wished to work with us solely beneath that title, not if we’re going to indicate our entire selves,” she mentioned.
Nonetheless, Oriadha mentioned incidents like this one have grow to be much less frequent throughout her profession as an organizer. She mentioned she’s witnessing a “change in the neighborhood.”
For Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward, the Delight celebration was about passing ahead heat and acceptance. Ward and his husband moved to Hyattsville almost a decade in the past, so it was thrilling to see an occasion like this within the metropolis, he mentioned.
“This won’t be one and carried out. We’ll proceed to do that yr on yr right here within the metropolis. We’ve an open and affirming neighborhood, and we wish to present individuals who we’re, by displaying our appreciation for many who stay right here,” Ward mentioned.
The occasion additionally featured the Inaugural Prince George’s County Delight awards, which have been awarded to Ward, Sergeant Calvin Charles, a police officer on the Maryland-Nationwide Capital Park and Planning Fee, and LGBTQ neighborhood middle Casa Ruby.
For Martinez, Journey with Delight was “just the start.”
“We undoubtedly wish to go greater and bolder subsequent yr,” he mentioned.