Amy Mills, left, won original art by Renae Mitchell, right, at this year’s Los Alamos Pride Festival.
BY KELLY DOLEJSI
Friends of Los Alamos Pride
Why does a roaring lion symbolize LGBTQ+ pride?
Renae Mitchell, who designed the logo for Friends of Los Alamos Pride’s (FLAP) annual Pride Fest merchandise this year, said members of the Pride community first came up with the slogan, “Fight for Your Pride.”
“It centered on a play on words that is both powerful and sincere,” Mitchell said. “I tried to capture this message in this illustration of a roaring lion who welcomes all with a colorful mane but will face intolerance with a roar. In doing so, the lion encourages all of us to embrace our community with pride.”
Mitchell donated the original artwork of the lion to FLAP to raffle off at the festival T-shirt table, and FLAP board member Melissa Mackey drew lucky winner Amy Mills’ name.
The Pride Festival on June 16 drew large crowds and community support from dozens of local groups, including the local Democratic Party, the Atomic Follies, the Little Theatre, the Derby Dames, several local churches, and many others.
For more about the FLAP group, please visit its Facebook page.