ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – June is Pride Month, and students at Ellsworth High School are celebrating in an artistic way.
The Alliance for Gender Diversity and Sexuality at Ellsworth High School has established a pride zoo inside Knowlton Park.
18 animal sculptures are painted in the colors of various pride flags that represent the diversity of the LGBTQ + community.
Students as well as parents and other members of the community joined in the creation of the sculptures which will be on display throughout the month of June.
Carrie Kutny, who coordinated the project, says she hopes the Pride Zoo will have a positive impact on the community.
“Really, it’s kind of a two-part project, the first thing is to celebrate pride, diversity and inclusiveness. The second thing is really to raise awareness of the bullying issues that students in the LGBTQ community suffer much more than their straight and cisgender peers, ”Kutny said.
The students also talked about the project.
“It’s good to see a lot of support, and it’s good to raise awareness of a lot of issues that LGBTQ youth face,” said Elizabeth Ford, a grade 10 student at Ellsworth.
“I think there are a lot of people out there who need help with that, and a lot of people now aren’t getting a lot of support with that. I feel like it helps a lot of people, ”said Griffith Young, a grade 8 student.
Ellsworth Pride is hosting a pride festival in the park on June 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The sculptures will be GSDA’s contribution to the festival.
Food and entertainment will also be available.
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