Framing Pagan Pride Events


Here’s a simple announcement of a Pagan Pride event. It does a good job of focusing on the positive nature of the event.

WHITBY — Local pagans will gather to celebrate the harvest during the 8th annual Durham Pagan Pride Day on Sept. 11.

The event features workshops, vendors and two open rituals to celebrate the harvest and diversity, with a picnic-style pot-luck feast to close the event.

It is a chance for pagans to network and find information about local businesses, pagan meetups, religious groups and open events. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the workshops and join in the drumming entertainment. Guests are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or household good for the food drive benefiting Simcoe Hall Settlement House, along with a pot-luck item to share while spending the day outdoors.

Durham Pagan Pride Day is at Rotary Centennial Park at the corner of Brock and Burns streets in Whitby on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Note the complete lack of any discussion about what Paganism isn’t and what Pagans don’t do.

I especially like:

It is a chance for pagans to network and find information about local businesses, pagan meetups, religious groups and open events. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the workshops and join in the drumming entertainment. Guests are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or household good for the food drive. . . .

Anyone reading this article gets the impression that this is all as normal as can be. (Heck, local businesses might be interested in making sure that Pagans can find information about their goods and services and ask to be included.) That’s good framing. It presents Paganism in a positive light by focusing on what Pagans do. It doesn’t adopt someone else’s view of Paganism and then reinforce that view by trying to deny it.

(Of course, “Pagans” should be capitalized, just as one would capitalize “Christian,” or “Protestant,” or “Moslem.”)

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