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Palm Beach County Strengthens Civil Rights Protections

(GayWebSource.com) (West Palm Beach, Florida) –  At this morning’s meeting, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted unanimously to expand civil rights protections for minorities by amending the definition of “places of public accommodation” in the Palm Beach County Ordinance for Equal Opportunity to Housing and Places of Public Accommodation.

“When I looked at the antidiscrimination ordinances that had been in effect in Palm Beach County over the years, it became clear that our law needed to be updated to better protect minorities,” said County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger. “In light of all that is happening with race relations across our nation, this is the appropriate time for the County Commission to take a strong, proactive stand against discrimination.”

While a majority of states have long prohibited discrimination of any kind in retail establishments, Florida is not one of them.

“Since there is no statewide law covering discrimination in retail stores, the ordinance passed today is clearly the most significant civil rights law passed in Palm Beach County in decades,” said Rand Hoch, the retired judge who provided the County Attorney’s office with the language used in the ordinance.

Hoch is President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC), the County’s most prolific civil rights organization. Over the past twenty-five years, PBCHRC has succeeded in having public officials enact more than 90 local antidiscrimination laws and policies.

Palm Beach County first enacted an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation in 1973.  Over the years, the ordinance has been rewritten to include discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, age, marital status, and gender identity or expression.

However, for more than three decades, instances of public accommodation discrimination were strictly limited to only those which occurred in places offering lodging, food service or entertainment in the ordinance.

“The ordinance traced its roots back to civil rights laws written in the 1960s when it was legal to have ‘Whites only’ hotels, restaurants and bars and the County Commissioners only addressed inequities had occurred in very few places of commerce.” said Hoch. “As we know, discriminatory acts are not limited to those few places.”

“No one should be subjected to the humiliation of being denied service in a store open to the general public because of his or her race.” said County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor.

“Allowing store owners to choose their customers based on prejudice deprives shoppers of the freedom to walk into a store that seems to be open the general public and get served like everybody else,” said Hoch.

At today’s meeting, the County Commissioners widely expanded the definition of public accommodation to include retail stores, schools, day care and senior centers, medical offices, funeral homes, bakeries, laundromats and virtually all other places of business throughout the county.

“When the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council asked the County Commission to expand the definition of places of public accommodation last January, our main priority was to prohibit consumer racism in retail stores – a practice known as ‘shopping while Black,'” said Hoch.

The experience of people of color being refused service – or given poor service – is not uncommon.  “Shopping while Black” also includes black customers being followed by store clerks, wrongly detained, steered away from certain products, and being asked for additional forms of identification regarding credit applications.

President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey,  Condoleezza Rice, and other well-know Black Americans have publically discussed their humiliating experiences of shopping while black.

“There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store,” President Obama said after the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. “That includes me.”

“Public accommodations must be open to all people equally. If you hang out a shingle and get a license to do business with the general public, you should be required to provide the same service to all of the general public – and that includes gays and lesbians.” said Hoch.

Since same-sex marriage has become legal, a handful of companies in the wedding industry in Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have  refused to provide services gay and lesbian couples.

“Gay and lesbian couples planning their weddings are being refused service solely because of their sexual orientation,” said Hoch.  “Under the new Palm Beach County ordinance, if a bakery refuse to provide a cake for a gay or lesbian couple’s wedding, that baker may be faced with litigation, a fine of up to $50,000 and payment of attorneys’ fees.”

The new ordinance does take into account the special rights of churches and private clubs by exempting both religious and distinctly private organizations from the ordinance.

“Churches may be allowed to  exclude people of other faiths.  Private clubs may be allowed to continue to deny membership based on race and religion,” said Hoch. “However, in Palm Beach County, businesses engaged in commerce will no longer be allowed to refuse service based on a person’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected classes.”

 

Pensacola LGBT Film Fest 2015

October 7, 2015toOctober 10, 2015

Pensacola LGBT Film Fest 2015 – The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival highlights the artistic contributions both nationally and internationally of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. The unique ability of film to transcend stereotypes and relate to the viewer opens the door to a dialogue about the LGBT experience, building a stronger and more open Pensacola.

Pensacola LGBT Film Fest 2015

Pensacola LGBT Film Fest 2015

The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival began in 2012 as a conduit to provide a vibrant and educational experience to the Gulf Coast region, specifically Pensacola, Florida. This festival focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, with a goal of expanding the region’s diversity and acceptance of diverse identities. This mission is driven primarily by an annual film festival featuring short and feature-length documentaries and fiction films with LGBT themes and / or directors and actors.

The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival highlights the artistic contributions both nationally and internationally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. The unique ability of film to transcend stereotypes and relate to the viewer opens the door to a dialogue about the LGBT experience, building a stronger and more open Pensacola.

FEST SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 10/7 @ Treehouse Cinema 6:30pm

Thursday, 10/8 @ The Museum of Commerce 6:30pm

Friday, 10/9 @ UWF Center for Fine & Performing Arts 6:30pm

Saturday, 10/10 @ The East Hill Yard 7:00pm


Our name — STAMPED: Pensacola LGBT Film Fest — was inspired by efforts of the LGBT community in the mid-1990s to highlight the impact of LGBT tourism. After some local officials and business owners spoke out against gay and lesbian visitors, including annual Memorial Day Weekend activities which draw tens of thousands of people to the area, many LGBT residents and visitors began to stamp the cash they spent with the words “GAY MONEY” and/or a pink triangle. That year, Christopher Street South, a local LGBT publication, estimated that gay and lesbian tourists spent $25 million annually in the area.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Pensacola LGBT Film Festival is to host an inclusive, entertaining event that not only serves to bring our local LGBT community together for four nights of fun, but also educates others in a way to spread acceptance and love throughout the Gulf Coast. Accessibility is a priority of the festival, and every year we have kept the festival free and open to anyone who wishes to join us. In order to make this a reality, we run off the generous donations of our community and local businesses to create this fun event free of charge. Our festival is a big believer in the power of film to educate and entertain, and we use this medium coupled with the stories of the LGBT+ community to carry out our mission.

OUR HISTORY
The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival originally began in 2012 as a means to create a more accepting, safe, and educated community in our small, Gulf Coast town of Pensacola, Florida. The festival has been going strong ever since, growing into an annual four-day celebration of film that has attracted hundreds of people every year. As we continue to grow, we have been able to spread our message of acceptance further along the Gulf Coast through the art of film, showcasing dozens of LGBT+ films and filmmakers that range from local to international. The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival has become an event the Gulf Coast community looks forward to every year, celebrating film with the vast stories and experiences of LGBT+ people around the world.

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Free Tickets to LGBT Equality Institute

Due to popular demand, Out & Equal has added 50 more FREE registration spots for the sold-out LGBT Equality Institute, July 23 at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida. Don’t miss this opportunity – register now!

The Walt Disney Company and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates invite you to the LGBT Equality Institute, a free one-day intensive workshop about the basics of making your workplace welcoming and inclusive for all employees and potential hires.

Out & Equal will share information and resources to help your company begin to understand the rapidly changing social and legal landscape in today’s competitive labor market. And, Disney Institute will illustrate how you can build a culture of inclusiveness that attracts and retains a talented and diverse workforce.

Click here for more information and to register.

Free Tickets to LGBT Equality Institute

Free Tickets to LGBT Equality Institute

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and The Walt Disney Company

Out & Equal is committed to creating safe and equitable workplace environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.


Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is working with Disney to lead businesses toward creating workplaces that are welcoming and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Disney and Out & Equal will host an LGBT Equality Institute workshop at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Out & Equal, the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality will convene world experts, diversity trainers and HR professionals who will share their experiences, best practices, and tips for achieving workplace equality.

The day-long LGBT Equality Institute will provide cutting edge thought leadership and on-the-ground training to transform companies of all sizes, bringing diversity and inclusion to life in businesses from all over the country. The Institute will help business leaders understand the rapidly changing social and legal landscape in today’s competitive labor market. It will also show companies how to build a culture of inclusiveness that attracts and retains a talented and diverse workforce.

“We are pleased to host and sponsor such an important gathering of employers who, like Disney, are committed to diverse and inclusive workplaces,” said Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis. “Having employees with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives gives employers an advantage in understanding and meeting the needs of consumers, and it is important to remain focused on attracting and developing a diverse workforce at every level.”

“We are proud that companies like Disney are leading the way to LGBT workplace equality. Now we can ensure that companies of all sizes can be equipped with the tools for equal workplaces,” said Selisse Berry, Founder and CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. “Over the last 19 years, we have been working with LGBTA professionals and executives to ensure the workplace is welcoming for all of us. I am thrilled that the idea for the Institute came out of an Out & Equal Executive Forum where we gather 50 LGBT executives each year to discuss what more we can do to achieve full workplace equality.”

Registration opens on May 13, 2015 and has limited capacity. To learn more and reserve space at the LGBT Equality Institute, please click here.

About Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Out & Equal collaborates with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees.

Since 1996, Out & Equal has worked with executives, human resources professionals, Employee Resource Groups and individuals to provide leadership and professional development, education and research to create a culturally accepting work environment free of discrimination.

Out & Equal hosts an annual Workplace Summit, where employees and experts from around the world gather to share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality, inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. To learn more visit www.outandequal.org.

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Disney Gay Days 2015

June 2, 2015toJune 8, 2015

Disney Gay Days – Gay Days Orlando, the first weekend in June each year, attracts 170,000+ from around the world to the central Florida area, be one of the attendees. Our next Gay Days Orlando celebrating our 25th Anniversary will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World.  As always, Pool Parties, Expo and more.  Come help us celebrate! Orlando, FL.

Disney Gay Days 2015

Disney Gay Days 2015

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Scott Nevins, comedic hottie and award-winning TV/Radio personality is set to headline our Gay Days Night of Laughter on Saturday, June 6th. Scott’s talents can currently be seen on Bravo’s hit series “The People’s Couch”, and co-hosting “The Ann Walker Show with Scott Nevins” every week on UBNRadio.com. Joined by “Last Comic Standing” contestant Adam Sank, these guys will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Tickets are on sale now including VIP tickets, which include a special meet & greet as well as priority seating for the show. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

GAY DAYS ORLANDO KICKOFF PARTY

artegon-marketplace.pngJoin Gay Days as we kick off the 25th Gay Days Orlando at The Artegon Marketplace on Tuesday, June 2nd. Enjoy music, this year’s Miss Gay Days Pageant contestants and more. General admission tickets are for cash bar. VIP tickets include open bar and food and are available by advance purchase only.

For more information on the Artegon Marketplace, click HERE.

2015 MISS GAY DAYS PAGEANT

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CONTESTANT REGISTRATION DEADLINE SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015.

The 25th Annual Gay Days® Orlando is excited to present on Friday, June 5, 2015, the Miss Gay Days Pageant.

Contestants will be vying for the crown, cash prizes, and the opportunity to represent Gay Days®, Inc. at parties and festivals throughout the following year.  The phenomenal evening will be filled with royalty, elegance, futuristic glamour, high-energy performances, the step-down of Miss Gay Days 2014 – Harmony Breeze and the crowning of Miss Gay Days 2015.

Those interested in joining the festivity as a contestant must submit their completed application (details included with official application) and entrance fee of $125.00 by the April 5, 2015 deadline.  Deadline has been extended to May 25th, 2015. Below are the links to all the information you will need to enter.   This is the competition you don’t want to miss, so submit early.

PRIZES

*  $1,750 cash ($800 paid after crowning, $950 paid at end of contractual obligations).
*  Flight and accommodations for Gay Days®  Orlando 2016.
* Flight, accommodations, and booking fee of $150 for additional Gay Days® events, prides, and festivals (notice will be provided at least 30 days prior to booking).

GAY DAYS ORLANDO LATIN POOL

Latin_Pool_Party.jpgJoin Gay Days Carnivale!  New this year, a Latin themed pool party will be held in the Key West Pool.  Afternoon Pool Parties will start at Noon and continue until 5PM and Evening Pool Parties begin at 5PM and continue until midnight beginning on Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th.

For a complete lineup of our exciting Latin DJ’s click HERE


 

Gay Days® Orlando 2015 – Promo Part 1 from Gay Days® on Vimeo.

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Win One Magical Weekend Vacation for Two

Its the 25th Anniversary and you don’t want to miss it!!! One Magical Weekend during Gay Disney – One of the largest LGBT Events in the World! June 5 – June 7, 2015, Orlando Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot.

If it’s the time of your life that you’re looking for then One Magical Weekend is where you’ll want to be! The host hotel the B Resort & Spa will be where it’s all happening with boys and girls from around the world enjoying world class events and a fantastic DJ line up!

This is Disney as it was meant to be – a very personal experience with one or as many as 150,000 of your closest friends coming to Orlando – where Magic truly takes place.

Win One Magical Weekend Vacation for Two

Disney Gay Days – Gay Days Orlando, the first weekend in June each year, attracts 170,000+ from around the world to the central Florida area. The next Gay Days Orlando celebrating its 25th Anniversary will be held June 2-8, 2015 at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World.  As always, Pool Parties, Expo and more. Orlando, FL June 2-8, 2015

Win One Magical Weekend Vacation for Two

Register to Win Today www.onemagicalweekend.com


Be a part of One Magical Weekend’s – Why You Should be here to Deliver Your Message Directly: The #1 Demographic in the World: High Income/High Spending gay male travelers The Influential Decision Makers in the LGBT Community The Trendsetters for SURE! Rabidly Brand Loyal Median Income $81,400 Attended College 89.6% Own a Home 68% Traveled … http://www.onemagicalweekend.com/gay-biz-expo/

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Beach Bear Weekend 2015

May 6, 2015toMay 11, 2015

Beach Bear Weekend – BeachBear Weekend was founded to bring men to greater Fort Lauderdale to experience the best we have to offer. Our city is like a cruise that doesn’t leave port. Come enjoy our world-class beaches, the nearby Everglades, our wild nightlife, and beachfront restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. We’ll show the bears one hell of a time! Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Every year the bears gather on Sebastian Beach for to relax in the warm sun, cool off in the blue ocean waters, and hang out with friends. Plan to get to the beach roughly about 11 am to stake out the best vantage point for bear watching!

Beach Bear Weekend 2015

Beach Bear Weekend 2015

We are very proud of the support provided by these local area businesses and value the contributions to make this the best BeachBear Weekend in our four year history. We know there are a lot of choices for nightly entertainment, especially during this event week! Please support these local businesses and enjoy responsibly. Be sure to wear your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags to receive drink/food specials, discounts and entry to these official events:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH
7 PM: Official Opening Party @Rumors Nightclub (2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
Kick-off BeachBear Weekend at Rumors Nightclub, video bar and martini lounge which offers daily drink specials along with drag shows, pool tables and entertainment. The bar has an open concept that flows through all three rooms, and a large covered patio area in front along Wilton Drive.
Drink specials all night long with your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags!
11 PM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

THURSDAY, MAY 7TH
7 PM: Cowboy Up @ Scandals (3073 NE 6th Avenue, Wilton Manors)
Kick up your heels at a down home country western venue with great drink prices and the friendliest bar tending staff around. Drink discounts all night long with your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags!
11 PM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

FRIDAY, MAY 8TH
7 PM: BareBears! @ Swinging Richard’s (1350 SW 2nd Street, Pompano Beach)
A first for BeachBear Weekend! We welcome the one and only nightclub in Fort Lauderdale where you can see MuscleBears dance – fully nude! Yes, 100% bare bears! Be sure to arrive early to get your seat front and center stage for the hottest ALL NUDE BEARS. Complimentary shuttle service from the host hotel to Wilton Manor Drive, and Swinging Richard’s on Friday & Saturday nights! Admission: $10 at door, subject to availability.
FREE entry with your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags!
9 PM: TBA @ Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar (2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
11 PM: LeatherBear @ RamRod (1508 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale)
Get your gear on and head over to Fort Lauderdale’s Levi, Leather, Uniform Bar!
1AM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
4 PM: Beachside T-Dance (Host Hotel/Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach)
DJ Bolt joins the migration all the way from Sydney, Australia for an afternoon T-Dance at the host hotel overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean! Enjoy the afternoon under the sun with a refreshing cool drink from the bar, visit with friends, dance, and check out the sexy GoGo bears & cubs provided by BC4M.club! Admission: $25 at door, subject to availability.
FREE entry with your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags!
9 PM: BeachBall @ Hunter’s Nightclub (2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
Get ready for an epic night working up a sweat on the dance floor featuring London DJ Paul Coals! Best known for performing at some amazing events throughout the world including: TONKER (London), Hustaball (Berlin), Salvation (London), Harbour City Bears (Sydney), Daywash (Sydney), TWISTED (Atlanta), Bounce (SF) and the International Bear Convergence (Palm Springs). Here is a link to his PodOmatic podcast: DJ Paul Coals  EARLY ENTRY (8 pm) and drink specials all night with your BeachBear Weekend ID Tags!
1 AM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

SUNDAY, MAY 10TH
9 PM: TBA @ Hunter’s Nightclub (2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
6 PM: BeachBear T-Dance @ Hunters Nightclub (2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
DJ Richie Rich is ready to take the Classic 54 Sunday T-Dance to a new height for BeachBear Weekend! Elevate your spirits at this weekly event which is a local favorite. Drink specials all night long with your BeachBear Weekend ID tags!
1 AM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

MONDAY, MAY 11TH
7 PM: Official Closing Party @ Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar (2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors)
11 PM: TBA @ 321 Slammer ( 321 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale)
The best place to be after-hours to make that connection you were chasing all night long.  Membership only.
A men’s private club where you provide the booze and they provide the party!

 

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Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

April 24, 2015toMay 3, 2015

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with 65+ films. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the first MAJOR LGBT film festival to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season. Miami, FL

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

The 17th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from April 24 until May 3, 2015.

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

 

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Tallahassee Pridefest 2015

April 18, 2015

Tallahassee Pridefest – Tallahassee PRIDEFEST is an annual celebration designed to promote peace and understanding among diverse cultures, races, creeds, genders and sexual identities.  PRIDEFEST attracts hundreds of people to the Tallahassee area each year and is attracting even greater numbers to its events this year.  Proceeds from the events benefit The Family Tree Community Center. Tallahassee, FL.

Tallahassee Pridefest 2015

Tallahassee Pridefest 2015

Tallahassee PRIDEFEST is an annual celebration of the rich diversity of the greater Tallahassee area. PRIDEFEST is more than a festival; it provides the LGBT and allied community with a chance to come together, united, to promote peace and understanding, and to educate the rest of the community about the importance of diversity, acceptance, and equality.

Pride celebrations largely started as a result of the Stonewall riots of 1969, as annual commemorations, and increased after the assassination of Harvey Milk in 1978. These commemorations came to be known as “Gay Freedom Day” or “Gay Liberation Day” events, started growing and becoming far more than a march or rally. The events gave a face and a voice to LGBT issues and rights. Eventually these celebrations became known as “Gay Pride” or more commonly today, just Pride events. Today’s Pride celebrations combine festive, flamboyant theatrics like floats, dancers, music, drag queens, and drag kings with religious and political elements such as politicians, open and affirming religious groups, LGBT political organizations, and supportive businesses.

Since the early-90’s, Tallahassee has had Pride festivals or parties in some form or fashion every year. In 2008, Tallahassee PRIDEFEST changed dramatically, coming “out of the closet,” moving from an afternoon festival in Tom Brown Park, to a week (plus) long celebration with events throughout Tallahassee. Each successive year, PRIDEFEST continues to evolve, bringing ever more creative and impressive events to Tallahassee, providing our community with an outlet where they can be themselves, accepted and loved, without fear of reproach.

Tallahassee PRIDEFEST is organized by the Pride and Visibility Committee of The Family Tree Community Center. The mission of The Family Tree is to provide services which promote the well-being of LGBT individuals, to work to eliminate the conditions in society which allow homophobia to exist and to be a place where everyone is welcome. The Family Tree is a non-profit organization driven by volunteers and a board of directors representing the needs of the local LGBT community.

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