For the past two months Inland Oasis has been inviting LGBTQ residents and their friends, families and allies to the 1912 Center in Moscow for a once-a-month gathering of a new group called Rainbow Families, which was formed Nov. 11.
Inland Oasis President Hannah Krauss said the group is a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of how they identify. She said while the Palouse is more liberal than other places, it is not always easy for people to be themselves, so she hopes Rainbow Families satisfies that need.
The group meets 5:30-7:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month in the 1912 Center Art Room for food, games and other family activities.
Krauss said roughly 25 to 30 people have shown up at the first two meetings, but she is hopeful more families discover the group and it grows larger.
“It’s really great because you have a bunch of kids that come and they just get to run around and play together,” she said.
Each meeting will have a different theme, Krauss said. The November event included a potluck dinner and board games, and the December meeting consisted of a white elephant gift exchange, dinner and games. She said January’s theme will be soup so everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite soup to share. Board games will also be available.
Krauss said people will be encouraged to bring homemade macaroni and cheese in February, and attendees will be able to vote for their favorite dish. Prizes will be available for the winners, she said.
“We’ll just keep making it fun,” Krauss said.
Krauss said people can check the Inland Oasis Facebook page for each meeting’s theme and for other Inland Oasis events.
Inland Oasis also hosts Drag Bingo the second Monday of each month at the 1912 Center. This event features drag performers entertaining while participants play bingo for the chance to win prizes from local businesses, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7. Inland Oasis also hosts the annual Palouse Pride Festival at East City Park in Moscow.
Krauss said Rainbow Families will be at the 1912 Center through June and then the meetings will transition to East City Park for the summer. When the weather turns ugly again, the meetings will move back to the 1912 Center.