The second Bethel Pride Day will be held at the Gem Theatre on June 20. Rose Lincoln/Bethel Citizen

BETHEL — The second Bethel Pride Day returns to the Gem Theater on Thursday June 20 at 3 p.m.

Keaton Cummings-Chapman, 18, of Bethel, was a Telstar senior when he organized the event last year, with help from NorthStar Program Coordinator Lyndsey Smith and Telstar Social Worker Kristen Powell. All three are back this year, with additional help from Kate Webb of Bethel Area Arts and Music and NorthStar AmeriCorp Volunteer Becca Shepard.

From his Hampshire College dorm room, political science and creative writing major Keaton-Cummings, has been attending Zoom meetings with the others to plan the event.

The organizers hope to repeat last year’s sold-out show.

They will expand the footprint for the many vendors to outside of the Gem since inside it was crowded last year. The crafters and artists will sell blankets, jewelry and more.

OutMaine will staff a booth. Bethel Library will allow patrons to check out PRIDE brooks. The Gem staff will sell pizza, popcorn and drinks.


2023 Telstar graduates Ryan Nivus, MJ Johanson, graduating Telstar senior, Lindsy Stephenson, along with rising seniors, Ella Hopps and Tehya Buck will all help at the event. Buck designed the t-shirts that will be for sale.

The G-Rated drag show begins at 5:30 p.m.

Stephenson and Johanson will sing before the drag show starts. Cummings-Chapman said they hope to add trivia and karaoke, as well.

Admission is, “pay what you can.” with a suggested donation of $15 per person. The money they raise from admission and a raffle will go toward next year’s pride day and other Telstar Civil Rights Club events like the recent Telstar discussion led by OutMaine’s August Sender on how to support LGBTQ+ students.

Cummings-Chapman said, “I think Telstar [High School] is trying more. Some spaces are changing. I know they made more gender-neutral bathrooms at the high school. I don’t know if every area is trying to change. I think there are a lot of stubborn people stuck in their ways.”

For this year’s Bethel Pride event, “We want more people to show up, to have fun and keep being amazing,” said Cummings-Chapman.

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