ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With June being Pride Month, several organizations are teaming up for the return of an event aimed at making new connections among neighbors in Roanoke.

Mohammad Elshawarby with the Roanoke Diversity Center joined WFXR News’ Amanda Kenney and Evan Johnson to discuss an event taking place on Tuesday, June 21 to bring the Star City community together, break boundaries, and forge new friendships.

The Roanoke Diversity Center, the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge Transgender Alliance, the House of Expression, and Ursula’s Cafe are co-hosting the second annual Queer Community Picnic in Wasena Park’s brick shelter at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Come on out and hang with others in the community and make new friends in Roanoke. Fairly DIY event, so bring your own blankets, chairs, food, etc. We’ll provide some basic fixins and supplies (paper products, beverages, some snacks); you bring everything else,” the Roanoke Diversity Center wrote on Facebook. “…Also Blue Ridge Pride Sports is SUPER EXCITED that their first play off game is at 6:15pm at the wasena ball field right next to the picnic! Pop by and cheer on the queerest sports team in town. We will have our flags flying as always!!”