Local Group Creates STANDwithPRIDE

BY CARMEN SIERING When a lone gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, the repercussions were felt here in Bloomington and around the world. As Bloomington PRIDE prepared a local vigil, area businesses were quick to reach out and ask what they could do to help. Justin Ford, chair of the Bloomington PRIDE board of directors, said this outpouring of support led to the creation of a local initiative — STANDwithPRIDE. “We know we can’t stop tragic things from happening, but I thought we could get bar and restaurant owners together and say their establishments are safe for the LGBTQ+ community,” Ford says. The idea was to create a sticker […]

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September Is Festival Month in Bloomington

BY JULIE GRAY Trust a college town to know how to ease back into school and work every autumn. Bloomington offers a solid three weekends of festivals in September, kicking off with the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts (September 3–4), a juried show that attracts some 120 artists and artisans from around the country. The event’s slogan is “Run by artists, for artists,” and it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. An estimated 40,000 visitors browse booths on 4th Street, perusing paintings, photographs, furniture, pottery and sculpture, fabric arts, and more. Arts-related nonprofits also set up booths, so it’s an opportunity to survey the local cultural scene. A spoken-word festival runs concurrently. And this year, the festival […]

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