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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” - Coretta Scott King
It is with ache and disappointment in our hearts that we announce the cancelation of the in-person features of Chill Out & Proud 2021. We, like you, want to safely gather with our community and connect after various periods of isolation. We cannot, however, foster any environment that may cause the spread of coronavirus or additional strain on our local medical community.
The Delta variant’s grip on our community, district, and state is causing record numbers of cases, hospitalizations, ICU stints, and deaths. Our hearts are with those battling the virus and those who have lost loved ones to its grasp. We remain committed to centering our community’s wellness above all else.
That said, we hope to bring you a virtual Pride event on October 2nd that will have you dancing in your rainbow onesies safely at home with a table full of snacks and your beverages of choice! With a lineup of incredible musical and drag talent, emcees and vendors, it’s a show you won’t want to miss! We will reach out to all of our entertainment, ticket holders, sponsors, and vendors to navigate this shift to a virtual festival so please keep an eye on your inboxes.
Community, please get vaccinated if you are able to. It decreases your risk of illness, hospitalization, and death. We want to hug you at Chill Out & Proud 2022! Wear your masks. Be considerate of our medical professionals and service industry workers. Take extra special care of yourself through this difficult time. Be compassionate toward one another and thoughtful about how your choices impact those around you.
We love you. Pride isn’t canceled, we are simply going to Chill In & Proud.
Chill Out & Proud is an annual Pride & Folk Festival in Somerset, Kentucky organized by PFLAG Somerset. Chill Out and Proud delivers a family-friendly & all-inclusive community Pride arts event, where you can "chill out" and "be proud". Chill Out and Proud offers the LGBTQ+ community and our allies a fully-affirming pride festival, where you can be free to be yourself. Our inaugural festival was held in 2019 at the downtown Judicial Center plaza in Somerset. COVID-19 forced us and many others to move to virtual events in 2020. The result was Chill In and Proud, a virtual version of our annual festival. Chill Out and Proud returns in 2021 at Somerset Community College's Festival Field. See you there!
If you would like to support our efforts in organizing Somerset's pride festival, please donate below! Your contributions are extremely important and appreciated. Donations will be made to PFLAG Somerset (501)(c)(3) in support of Chill Out and Proud.
Chill Out and Proud transformed in 2020 into Chill In and a Proud, a virtual pride festival, viewed from the comfort of your home. The link below will take you to our YouTube channel, where you can rewatch any part of Chill In and Proud 2020, including drag and musical performances, messages of hope, the community talent show, and more!