Day: May 8, 2013

Brooklyn Pride 2013

June 8, 2013

Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community for over 17 years. We are moving this year over to 5th Avenue for the Festival and Parade…Help us Spread the word!

Brooklyn Pride

THE NEW BROOKLYN PRIDE has BEEN APPROVED to move our festival this year from Prospect Park West over to 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th street. We feel that more people will have the chance to attend this great event. There will be 2 stages this year to help bring out the crowd, also LBGT friendly sports teams will take to the field behind the Old Stone House. This will make for a great day for everyone.

Come show Brooklyn your pride and support in the 16th Annual Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run.  The race will be along a 5 kilometer route through beautiful and historic Prospect Park.  A portion of the proceeds from this year’s entry fee will go to Safe Schools Campaign at GLOBE.  GLOBE is intergenerational LGBTQ Justice Project of Make the Road New York this campaign specifically focuses on LGBTQ youth in high schools.

Due to the overwhelming response to our 2012 race we have made many improvements, including:  the race will now be professionally timed and your results will be posted online.  You may register online here or fill out the attached form and send it in via mail to Brooklyn Pride PO BOX 150508 Brooklyn, NY 11215.  All paper entries must be received by June 1, 2013. If you are unable to make the deadline for paper applications, you may register during packet pick up or race day registration.

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Anchorage Pridefest 2013

June 8, 2013toJune 16, 2013

Anchorage, AK

Anchorage Pridefest

At the heart of Alaska Pride is PrideFest, a week-long celebration of our journey as the GLBT community which will include a variety of activities.

Pride Conference fuels the mind for Alaska Pride, allowing us to come together across the state and plan our future.

2013 CELEBRATING DIVERSITY MARCH

In every annual event there is a moment when the presenting group asks the big question.

“How can we make this better?”

Identity as the presenter wanted to make the part about being in the parade something really special. More people than ever signed up to be part of the parade last year, but many reactions were similar—not enough people came out to watch it. So we had a growth spurt and a lack of viewership at the same time. That felt like a good opportunity to make a change.

So we went back to the beginning.

There are moments in LGBT history that we should treasure. Honoring Stonewall was why parades began to pop up all over the country― as a remembrance that marked its significance to the LGBT community.

We also talked about how much the One Anchorage Campaign the year before had affected us here in Alaska. What it meant to us, how it felt like our own historical movement, how might we be able to pay homage to the campaign that brought more people to the forefront of this community than ever before?

That’s when we decided to call it a Pride March, with music and dancing and groups gathering to rally and walk, signs held high denoting their kinship to the LGBTQA community. Side by side, arm in arm, in contingents, circles, formations, whatever, as long as we hit the streets en masse. We changed the start simply to have a good vibe, start outside a business that knows us well, and supports us, staying downtown in an area where we could pump up the volume, dance and continue the experience like they do in Brazil during Carnivale, or in New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. It’s all about the people. It’s truly an homage to all our living, working and playing in Anchorage!

Please join us and make this the biggest Pride March 2013!

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Motor City Pride 2013

June 8, 2013toJune 9, 2013

Ferndale, MI

Motor City Pride

Motor City Pride is a volunteer-driven event celebrating the lives of Michigan‘s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens. A weekend packed with multiple events including a family picnic, golf outing, Commitment Ceremony, parade, and beer garden. Motor City Pride culminates as the largest LGBT gathering in Michigan and is newly located this year at Hart Plaza downtown Motor City.

A summer riverfront festival has open-ended appeal. There is something truly energizing, exciting and empowering about holding Motor City Pride in a location where people work, shop and live. Holding a Pride event in the historic Hart Plaza solidifies the notion of LGBT people as active parts of the larger community.

 About Equality Michigan

Equality Michigan is Michigan’s statewide organization serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and allied communities. Motor City Pride is an important part of building bridges in the larger community and advancing the mission of Equality Michigan to promote equality and to secure freedom from violence, intimidation and discrimination for GLBT persons throughout Michigan.

Home Equality

Through Motor City Pride and other community events, Equality Michigan continues working toward our vision of a society characterized by a strong commitment to universal civil rights; safe communities, workplaces and schools; stable families and self-reliant GLBT individuals.

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Long Island Pride Parade 2013

June 8, 2013

Long Island Pride 2013 will take Huntington Village and Heckscher Park by storm with marchers and floats, tens of thousands of participants, and all-star entertainment on the stage all day long. This year’s theme is Super Pride, celebrating the super heroes in our community who are taking heroic steps towards equality for all GLBT people.

Long Island Pride Parade

Long Island Pride is coming back to Huntington with a bang this June! Celebrate your Pride on Saturday, June 8th by coming out to the 22nd Annual Long Island Pride. At 12pm, march with hundreds of community members and allies or cheer from the sidelines as the Parade travels through Huntington Village. Then spend your day in Heckscher Park for PrideFest, an all-day music festival featuring all-star entertainment and local performances. Enjoy food from a variety of vendors, check out community booths, buy a souvenir or two, and listen and dance the afternoon away with more than 13,000 other participants.

This year’s theme is Super Pride, a time where superheroes in our community are called to action to celebrate Pride while also recognizing the heroic steps we have taken towards equality for all GLBT people in the local and national levels. Leave your cape at home or come decked out in full costume, but don’t hide behind an alias: we’ll see you at Long Island Super Pride.

Long Island Pride traces its origins to 1991 when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders Leah Gustavson, David Kilmnick, Cara Wilson and Steve Henaghan approached the Town of Huntington to grant a permit to hold the first Pride Parade. The request was denied by the town on the grounds that only “traditional” parades were allowed on Huntington’s streets.  The committee was represented by the ACLU and the matter was heard in a federal court on May 28, 1991 by Judge Leonard D. Wexler who ruled in favor of the committee and granted the parade permit. The first Long Island Pride Parade was held on June 9, 1991.

Following the Long Island Pride Parade, PrideFest 2013 will be held in Huntington’s Heckscher Park from 1pm to 6pm. This year, expect big changes, bigger entertainment, and the biggest show of pride yet. There’s something for everyone!

PrideFest Rocks Heckscher Park!
Following the Parade, the fun continues in Huntington’s Heckscher Park with an all-new PrideFest from 1-6pm. PrideFest will feature a VIP Lounge, health pavilion, beer and wine garden, and information booths. Admission is free and open to everyone, though donations are encouraged to help fund this event for future years.

The PrideFest stage has an entertainment lineup like Long Island Pride has never seen before. Past entertainment featured Frenchie Davis, dance music sensations La Bouche, Reina, Veronica, and Lucas Prata, plus talented community members and local DJ’s performing all day long. This year’s entertainment will be announced soon.

Pride Guides will be available in early June and more than 20,000 copies will be distributed throughout Long Island to over 200 locations to help you party at Pride: learn more about entertainment, see photos from last year’s event, and much more.

Stay connected to Long Island Pride during the events for updates and alerts by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. Tweet with us all day and submit your photos for a chance to be featured on our Flickr and Facebook pages. One lucky person who submits a great photo will be selected to win a free t-shirt.

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Glee Club Smarties is a new musical written by American composer and author, Jeffrey Eric Funk, who has written Glee-style pop choral music since he was a teenager. 

Optimized for all devices, the Kindle edition includes engraved melody-oriented sheet music that will appeal to both new and advanced piano players as well as audiences young and old. The multi-cultural song, Voice of the Rain, features lyrics in Swahili along with a percussion part for shaker, clave and conga drums. Among the styles in this uplifting musical: jazz, pop, rock, gospel, ’50s sock hop rock & roll, Christmas songs, ballads and a lullaby. Start your parties with Glee Club Smarties!

Included are the songs Cruisin’ Down the Rockin’ Highway, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Earthlings, Voice of the Rain, Believe in the Music, Cause For Applause, One Smile, Sing Together, I Swing the Eighth Notes Therefore I Am, Charge It!, Music of My Dreams, Let’s Turn on the Night, Hey! We’re Gonna Have a Party, Caged Bird, The Majesty and the Power, Let the Music Soar, It’s Raining Reindeer and Waiting for Santa.

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Glee Club Smarties is a new musical written by American composer and author, Jeffrey Eric Funk, who has written Glee-style pop choral music since he was a teenager. 

Optimized for all devices, the Kindle edition includes engraved melody-oriented sheet music that will appeal to both new and advanced piano players as well as audiences young and old. The multi-cultural song, Voice of the Rain, features lyrics in Swahili along with a percussion part for shaker, clave and conga drums. Among the styles in this uplifting musical: jazz, pop, rock, gospel, ’50s sock hop rock & roll, Christmas songs, ballads and a lullaby. Start your parties with Glee Club Smarties!

Included are the songs Cruisin’ Down the Rockin’ Highway, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Earthlings, Voice of the Rain, Believe in the Music, Cause For Applause, One Smile, Sing Together, I Swing the Eighth Notes Therefore I Am, Charge It!, Music of My Dreams, Let’s Turn on the Night, Hey! We’re Gonna Have a Party, Caged Bird, The Majesty and the Power, Let the Music Soar, It’s Raining Reindeer and Waiting for Santa.

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OutSpokane Rainbow Festival 2013

June 8, 2013

Spokane, WA

OutSpokane Rainbow Festival

Since 1992, Spokane has seen the LGBTQA community come together to honor those brave individuals that fought back against the police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York. The Stonewall Riots were a turning point for the gay rights movement. The following year, in 1970 the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York all held parades commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since then, cities around the globe have started marches and parades as well.

The first march that happened in Spokane was literally on the sidewalks and was sponsored by PFLAG. The following year a permit was ordered and the march was in the streets, followed by a small rally in the part. In 2004 our march turned into a parade. That first parade brought together 300 members of the LGBTQA population. We’ve grown a bit since then, with 2011 bringing in 5,200+ people. Large organizations like UUCS (Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane), Spokane AIDS Network, and Planned Parenthood as well as smaller groups like Spokane Transpeople, EWU Pride Center, and the SFCC Alliance participate in the parade. We have groups that march with banners, groups on bicycles, others in cars and floats. Some make their own music and others bring their own. Floats and lots of Rainbow are encouraged.

We invite you to join us on the second Saturday in June in Downtown Spokane. The parade starts at Noon so be sure to get down early. Following the parade please walk on down to Gondola Meadows at Riverfront Park (South-West corner of the park by the Bloomsday Running Statues) for the Rainbow Festival. This is a day to celebrate who we are, honor the past, and look forward to the future. Be out and be proud.

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Circle City IN Pride 2013

June 8, 2013

Indianapolis, IN

Indy’s annual LGBT Festival, Parade and Week of Events. Celebrating Indy’s Pride being 25 years out of the closet, June 1-9, 2013!

Indy Pride Festival

Indy Pride Inc., through its purpose, fosters events that seek to educate, honor the history of the GLBT communities and celebrate the diversity of and create unity, in and between, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight communities.

Best known for the yearly Circle City IN Pride Festival, which has expanded to a week long schedule of events celebrating every aspect of our community, Indy Pride, Inc. does philanthropic work throughout the year to support many organizations throughout Central Indiana. In addition to the Festival in June, we organize Laugh OUT Loud,  the Hoosier 250 Tricycle Race, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Educational and Vocational Scholarships, Workshops and Support Groups (confidential and public), a partnership with the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, and events organized by the Indy Pride Bag Ladies.

Indy Pride, Inc. is made up of an all volunteer Board of Directors, who literally put in 1000s of hours of work a year. so that Indy Pride can continue to propagate and advance our mission.

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OXFORD PRIDE: VIP Tickets Onsale Now

This year Oxford pride are offering you the chance to go VIP, a dedicated area set adjacent to the main stage.

by Newsdesk | 8th May 2013

The VIP area has its own reasonable priced bottle & spirits bar, covered seating with tables and dedicated toilets, you will also have the opportunity to meet the acts and unlimited use of the climbing wall, rodeo bull, bungee run and the jungle obstacle course.

There is limited availability of 200 wristbands for sale at £15 each online or £17 each on the day (subject to availability), wristbands must be collected at the Pride Information point on the day, to collect you MUST bring your e-ticket.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Early Bird tickets are available at just £12 each until Wednesday 8th May 2013 or when the allocation becomes sold out.

Click Here to Purchase VIP Tickets

Opening Times:

Open at 12 noon

Event starts at 1pm

Finishes and closes at 8pm

Terms & Conditions

1. One wristband per person.

2. Wristbands are non transferable.

3. All sales are final.

4. Wristbands not collected by 3pm on Saturday 8th June 2013 will be made available for sale.

5. Lost or damaged wristbands will not be refunded, replaced or exchanged.

6. Wristbands must be secured to the holders wrist and not be damaged or altered to gain access to the selected attractions and the dedicated VIP area.

7. E-ticket(s) is required to collect wristbands.

8. If you are asked to leave the event you will not receive a refund.

9. Online Early Bird tickets are available until 10pm Wednesday 8th May 2013 or when the allocation becomes sold out, whichever first.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: A Vintage Gay Icon Who Defined The Era Of Glamour

“I've only slept with men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?” - Elizabeth Taylor

by Chris Bridges | 8th May 2013

Studio Publicity Photo

I’m generally not too keen on modern celebrity culture and the pointless tales of Z list no brainers with limited talents and bigger publicity budgets. I do however have a minor obsession with Elizabeth Taylor. She’s my role model. A picture of her and the luscious Paul Newman are looking down over me now as I type. In spite of a notorious lifelong battle with prescription drug addictions, alcoholisms and chain smoking, she lived till she was 79. Now that’s an achievement in my books, staying alive through illness and fragility.

 Elizabeth Taylor with 5th husband Richard Burton

She certainly crammed a lot in: 8 marriages, a few nervous breakdowns, an obesity problem, a couple of trips to rehab centres, over 70 hospitalisations and more than 20 operations. She also worked to raise the profile of AIDS charities and research and wasn’t afraid to stick her neck out and speak her mind in her tireless fundraising campaigns. Amazingly, she also found the time to act and made some of the most corking films of all time. Two of her film performances always take my breath away and I never tire of them: Maggie the Cat in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” If you haven’t seen them then you’re missing out on some classic lines and great acting.

She wasn’t afraid of being seen as a sexual being in a time when repression was standard in Hollywood. She was one of the first major stars ever to appear unclothed in a film and to be shown naked in Playboy. She loved gay men too, sparking up friendships with the closeted gay male stars of the time, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson and James Dean. I can see why the paradoxically fragile diva would relate to gay blokes so well.

Taylor in 1985

She was accident prone and clumsy, yet exuded glamour and style. She was a diva yet managed to be diplomatic enough at times to ensure her demands were always met and was able to lampoon herself too. OK, so the 80’s were a bit ugly, with those shoulder pads and big hair and that friendship with the horribly creepy Michael Jackson, but we all lacked style in that tacky decade and made mistakes, didn’t we?

She had a lifelong naivety which belied her occasionally brash exterior, and still always believed in everlasting love. Now that was maybe her biggest feat yet, 8 failed marriages and still believed in love? She’s definitely an icon to hold up as a role model in our turbulent modern times.

She even arranged to be 15 minutes late for her own funeral. That’s class.

“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” Elizabeth Taylor. I couldn’t agree more, Elizabeth.

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