by Melina Rayna
Ignite Life Center, a church at 404 NW 14th Ave., is on a large property that borders NW 6th St. Unfortunately, it is hosting a conference called Unbound on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 that has a strong anti-LGBTQ point of view. They have invited what they call “former members of the LGBTQ community” to speak. You know what that really means.
While the church is involved in many community activities such as acting as a polling station and an end of the line foster care emergency drop off center, they heavily discourage the kids from any kind of non-cis-het activities.
A response is being planned. Friday night a “Community Embrace” will gather at the Rails to Trails Park at 128 NW 14th Ave. at 5 pm and take a short walk to the Ignite Church.
Then, on Saturday, marchers will gather at the Rail to Trail Park at 11 am and march up the Railtrail to NW 16th Ave., then left to NW 6th Street and down 6th Street to the Ignite Life Center. Once there and throughout the day, community groups and individuals will picket. Spanish-speaking allies are especially encouraged to participate, as Ignite Life Center is a mixed English/Spanish speaking congregation.
Community groups who would be able to commit 8-12 people for two-hour shifts, please email Melina@MelinaRayna.org. For other questions, please see the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/293479768138373/ or call the Pride Community Center at 352-377-8915. Times are subject to change.