Saturday, June 4, was Town Day and what a beautiful day it was! The Winchester Multicultural Network had a colorful, inviting booth set up on Main Street in downtown Winchester. Volunteers and Community Advisors helped staff the table along with Board Members who were on hand to talk about how the Network carries out its’ mission of promoting the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, advocating for each person’s civil rights, and confronting intolerance.

Our booth featured a display highlighting LGBTQI Pride Month which included a “Genderbread Person” poster outlining the meaning of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, romantic attraction and romantic expression. We passed out a timely, informative handout, “De-bunking the Bathroom Bill” on the recently passed Massachusetts House and Senate transgender anti-discrimination bills and a “LGBTQI Did You Know?” palm card with facts on the history of Pride Month, Youth, Transgender Advocacy, and Being an Ally. It was great to see so many folks engaged at our booth!

To show the diversity of heritages in Winchester, a large world map was also on display and visitors were invited to locate their family’s country of origin with push pins. China, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, India, Japan, Poland, Thailand, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan were just some of the many countries represented. As a collaborative effort with the Winchester Public School’s English Language Learners Department, groups of ELL elementary students proudly read their poems throughout the day.

In addition, to giveaways such as rainbow bracelets in honor of LGBQTI Pride Month and globe key chains, visitors were given palm cards with information on our last public program of the school year, a staged reading of the 2016 Elliot Norton Award winner for Outstanding Script, “The Launch Prize” by MJ Halberstadt, which will be presented on June 18 at the Griffin Museum of Photography preceded by a small reception.

The Network thanks our visitors for stopping by and is especially grateful to our volunteers and Community Advisors for devoting their time to help make the day a success! Please stop our office at 2A Winchester Place to meet the staff, the Executive Director, Aba Taylor, and to find out more about what we do.