Pride Foundation to honor Natalie Bryson

Longtime Kitsap County resident Natalie Bryson is being honored by the Pride Foundation

Longtime Kitsap County resident Natalie Bryson is being honored by the Pride Foundation

Longtime Kitsap County resident Natalie Bryson will be honored by the Pride Foundation, in partnership with the Kitsap County HIV/AIDS Foundation, for her dedicated effort in advocating equality.

The public is invited to attend “An Evening Honoring Natalie Bryson,” an ice cream social recognizing Bryson’s work in and around Kitsap County.

“In my short time knowing Natalie it is so clear to me how important she is to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and allied community in Kitsap County — and beyond,” Pride Community Organizer Dean Jackson said. “Her advocacy, compassion, dedication and all around class are inspiring to all that she touches.”

Bryson, who lost two children to HIV/AIDS, is a long-time member of both the Pride Foundation and the Kitsap County HIV/AIDS Foundation. She wants to help others fight HIV/AIDS.

“I feel dedicated to honor their lives by assisting others,” she said. “For many years I’ve been interested in HIV/AIDS.”

A Kitsap County resident since 1966, Bryson believes in equality, regardless of sex, gender, age or race, and is proactive in fighting discrimination.

“My cry is that everything should be equal,” she said. “Human rights is the most important thing we have.”

Despite her efforts to connect, inspire and strengthen the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Bryson was surprised to learn of the ice cream social in her honor.

“This is about the biggest surprise to me,” she said. “It’s certainly an honor.”

And while grateful for the recognition, Bryson prefers to recognize her colleagues and other advocates.

“It’s really a tribute, not to me, but the people who have supported the causes I’m interested in,” she said. “Nobody does this alone.”

The Pride Foundation offers grants to organizations supporting the LGBT community, with chapters in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

It has contributed more than $7.2 million in grants and scholarships since 1987.

“An Evening Honoring Natalie Bryson” is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4418 Perry Ave. N.E. in Bremerton.

More in Life

First place winner in Oil/Acrylic category: Shirley Sakatani, “Honey”
‘Seven’ mixed media piece wins Judge’s Choice in Helen Norris Art Show

51st Helen Norris open art competition at Sidney Art Gallery

.
Mediascape: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is guaranteed to lighten today’s grim mood

Sublime cast and writing put a bow on one of television’s finest sitcoms

.
Orchard Heights girl soars in WWCA’s ‘The Crucible’

Alyssa Kusherets also has her sights on a career in space

.
Hot dog! Wiener dogs strut their stuff at Gateway Park

This group of dachshunds gets their little legs moving for fun and exercise

.
‘Soup Crawl’ in Port Orchard set for Friday and Saturday

Six restaurants along Bay Street participating in foodie event

.
Heart cofounder brings megaband’s hits to Roxy New Year’s Eve audience

Heart by Heart takes Bremerton theater’s stage at 10:30 p.m.

.
South Kitsap notables share their Christmas holiday movie favorites

Curl up with a blanket and popcorn, and view these movie classics

.
Lively Lotus is looking for a home

Come meet this 4-year-old canine Saturday at Kitsap Humane Society

.
It’ll be a-rockin’ New Year’s Eve night at Bremerton theaters

Admiral, Roxy to host musical events featuring music by Heart, hits from the ’70s and ’80s

.
Television review: ‘Get Back’ brings into focus the real Beatles working their magic

Director Peter Jackson’s Disney+ three-parter will be a transcendent experience for Beatles fans

.
When families in need are among you

Sedgwick Middle School students gather food so everyone can eat at Thanksgiving

.
Hey kids! Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday

Port Orchard once again will host the Fathoms O’ Fun event