BAR HARBOR – A Main Street crosswalk was painted to resemble the rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag. Resident Jace Viner was instrumental in getting the crosswalk painted after he approached the Town Council, which approved the project in April. Healthy Acadia is planning to help with the cost of the paint.
“The biggest incentive is not just for folks to know that Bar Harbor Pride is a thing, but I think it’s a great way to begin to show outward support to all the LGBTQ2IA+ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual and other identities that fall outside of cisgender and heterosexual paradigms] individuals (especially younger kids). And this can hopefully lead to conversations about Pride month – as a riot, recognizing that we wouldn’t have this support and visibility today without the Black queer community that fought before us,” said Viner in a message to the Islander.
This Saturday from 1-6 p.m., the Bar Harbor Pride Festival takes place in the parking lot of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Mount Desert Street. There will be live music, a booth for ordering a Bar Harbor Pride T-shirt and a drag queen performance to open and close the festival.