Queer Pride on Whidbey
Queer Pride on Whidbey is dedicated to bringing awareness, enrichment, and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community to Whidbey Island. Every summer, community members and guests come together to participate in the annual parade, which is enhanced by additional educational and social events. Queer Pride on Whidbey is a volunteer-powered festival made possible by the generous support of the community.
The festival planning council, "Team Fabulous," works on the annual Whidbey Island pride event as well as on-going opportunities for community involvement and social connection. Queer Pride on Whidbey unites the queer community in a geographic area deemed rural. Bringing together organizations and people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, advocating for equity and inclusion, and creating stronger visibility and advocacy for a community that has a small population size increases the health and well-being of queer folks in the community.
Photos by David Welton for Whidbey Life Magazine
Skylar Newkirk is a licensed social worker and transgender advocate. He has over 10 years of experience organizing community events and educational activities, including leading and facilitating presentations on topics affecting the queer community. Skylar currently works in behavioral health administration and spends too much time in meetings. His motto is, “Service is primary, and it should be provided with authenticity. Never lose your passion, and always respond with love.”
Contact us to let us know if you would like to volunteer directly with this project. All gifts are tax deductible.