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The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection offering virtual support groups, announces Pride in the Park plan with Moon Tunes

The doors to The Center may not be open fully yet but they’re still offering support groups and making big plans for September.



Moon Tunes is teaming up with Pride in the Park this fall.

The Woodstock finale for Moon Tunes on Sept. 11 in La Crosse’s Riverside Park will begin right in the midst of Pride in the Park.

June is Pride Month and Monday marks is the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion — June 28, 1969. It’s the event that transformed the gay rights movement and led to the beginning of Pride Month.

Pride in the Park is a free community event that will from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. with food, other vendors, community groups and a lot of activities for kids. The Moon Tunes Woodstock finale will start at 2 p.m..

“We are so glad to be back at Riverside Park,” The Center’s executive director, Alesha Schandelmeier, said. “We are going to be having Moon Tunes in the park as well this year, like we did in 2019.”

Since 2004, The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection has been working on behalf of the LGBTQ community to develop and expand understanding of human sexuality, gender identity and the need for equal treatment.

The “So You Think You Can Drag” fundraiser is back, too, on Sept. 17 at The La Crosse Center.

The Center’s offices are still closed but should be opening later this summer.

“Right now we have our clothing closet going full steam on Saturdays, and that is free to anyone in the community, not just the LGBTQ community,” Schandelmeier said. “So, if anybody wants to stop by or is in need of anything, we’re open Saturdays from noon until 4.”

The Center also has several support groups meeting online, including youth groups, the transgender support group, parent groups and their lesbian group.

For more information or to make a donation to The Center, check out their website and follow them on Facebook for updates.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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