Teton Pride Picnic to include commemoration for those impacted by Orlando mass shooting

(Jackson, Wyo.) - As a result of the Orlando Shooting early Sunday morning, the Jackson PFLAG Teton Pride Picnic has added a commemoration and People Spread Love to their annual event. “Our hearts and minds are with those in Orlando, Florida, after the horrific shootings at the Pulse nightclub. In solidarity with the victims and families impacted in Orlando, Teton Pride will include a commemoration at 5:00 p.m.,” said Mark Houser, local coordinator for Jackson PFLAG. People Spread Love will join Jackson PFLAG at the picnic. People Spread Love is a social movement that spreads love to individuals through simple notes of love composed by volunteers. Whether it is in a time of need (grief, sorrow, loss, depression, illness) or simple recognition, human beings need human connection. “These simple notes of love can make all the difference. As a community we fulfill love requests submitted to the website through ‘love bundles,’ that are wrapped in string and mailed to the recipient. People Spread Love began in Jackson, Wyoming and has expanded to various communities across the United States reaching 100 recipients, 26 states with over a dozen volunteers across the country - love is spreading!” said People Spread Love organizer Heather DeVine. “I hope this act of hatred in Orlando will not force a wedge between the LGBTQ community and our Muslim allies, both in Wyoming and across the country,” said Houser. The Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center in Cheyenne issued this Statement of Support: “We offer our sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and our support to those who were injured in the cowardly attack in Orlando. May God give rest and peace to those who lost their lives and grant patience and understanding to their families and loved ones. As Muslim Americans and human beings we strongly condemn this heinous crime against the innocents. The dead terrorist might have claimed to be Muslim but his criminal inhumane action proved he is not. We will not allow his evil action and hate to divide us. We stand in solidarity with the LBGT community in Cheyenne and the U.S.; they are our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters." Houser continued, “We have seen a significant shift recently around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, including marriage equality. Last year, Jackson had nearly 100 people attend our Pride event. We look forward to even greater participation this year. Our initial response indicates that Jackson Pride 2016 will be well attended. We encourage our community to attend and show their support for inclusiveness and social justice. Jackson will be joining hundreds of other communities across the country hosting Pride events this June.” Jackson PFLAG, is hosting a Teton Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 18 from 3:30 to 6 PM, at Mike Yokel Park in Jackson, on Kelly Street, two blocks west of Redmond Avenue. This will be a potluck gathering and participants are encouraged to bring food to share. For more information about Jackson PFLAG and Teton Pride, please contact Mark Houser at or at 307-733-8349. You may also contact Houser to volunteer in organizing Teton Pride. *Feature Photo: h/t Mark Houser / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening