June 17, 2014

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Columbus, Denver, Oklahoma City

2014 LGBTQ Pride Guide Part 4: Columbus, Denver, Oklahoma City

Pride Guide Part 4: Gay Pride Celebrations - June 20th to 22nd, 2014


The Jerusalem Post  reports that in Tel Aviv, Israel, there were 100,000 participants in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Gay Pride Parade. Reporter Sarah Gruen writes:
Vibrant was the way to describe most everything at the parade, from the wonderfully outlandish array of garments to the very energy that rippled through the estimated 100,000 participants. It was the most widely attended event of Pride Week, a seven-day Tel Aviv celebration packed with musical events, film screenings, festivals, bar nights and beach parties.
The US Embassy in Tel Aviv flew the rainbow flag under our stars and stripes, to show their support for the city’s week long Gay Pride week.

This upcoming weekend marks the first day of summer, as well as another round of LGBT Gay Pride parades and celebrations around the country.

Read about the Pride celebrations planned in Columbus, Denver, and Oklahoma City, by clicking “Read More”



Columbus, Ohio

Friday, June 20, 2014 to Sunday, June 22, 2014

Columbus, Ohio Gay Pride Parade

The city of Columbus, Ohio was named to honor the explorer Christopher Columbus. Columbus is the capital of Ohio, the largest city in the state, and the fifteenth largest city in the United States, with a population of 823,000 people.

The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, and the city plays host to two professional sports teams, the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.

In an article for about.com, Columbus was called the “most underrated city in America for gay travelers.”  Andrew Collins wrote:
Ohio’s largest city has two of the components that make for a great gay scene: it has a major collegiate presence (Ohio State University), and it’s a center of government (being the state capital). An extremely high number of gays and lesbians live here, and enjoy its lively downtown neighborhoods (such as the gay-popular Short North and German Village areas). Columbus has one of the Midwest’s best culinary reputations, a high number of art galleries, numerous gay sports clubs, and a youthful but unpretentious gay nightlife scene. What more could a worldly traveler ask for?
Every year the organization Stonewall Columbus produces the largest Pride Festival and Parade in the Midwest. The Columbus, Ohio LGBT Gay Pride Festival and Parade weekend start on Friday June 20, 2014 and runs through Sunday June 22, 2014.

Columbus, Ohio Run For Pride

Friday, June 20th at 7:00PM is the Jaeger Run For Pride 5K 2014, to benefit Stonewall Columbus Youth Programming, in Goodale Park. Each participant will receive a Run for Pride T-Shirt and Commemorative 2014 Stonewall Columbus Pride Wristband.

The Pride Festival 2014 at Goodale Park also starts on Friday June 20th. The gates open at 4:00PM and close at 11:00PM, and reopen on Saturday, June 21st at 11:00AM to 8:00PM.
Columbus Pride Festival 2014  has a great line-up of local and national acts, non-stop from start to end. National headliners this year, including Glee Star Alex Newell, and Ohio’s very own American Idol Crystal Bowersox on Friday, and The Voice’s Beverly McClellan, The Voice’s Vicci Martinez, and the Cleveland Band Winslow on Saturday.

The Pride Festival has something for everyone to enjoy. There’s Teen Village, a safe and welcoming space for Pride attendees that are 13-19 years old. They have a Family Area where adults can listen to the mainstage while the kids play. Pride Patio is the outdoor dance club, featuring the Yelp Photo Booth, to capture those special Pride moments.

On Saturday June 21st, there will also be a Trailblazers Tent for LGBT Adults that are 50+, with plenty of seating right in the middle of the park. This tent boasts plenty of shade and seating so you can enjoy the Festival and keep cool.

George Takei Grand Marshal
The Columbus Pride Parade 2014 is on Saturday, June 20th at 11:00AM. The parade route begins on Front and Broad Streets, turns onto High Street, and makes its way through downtown Columbus to Goodale Park.

The Grand Marshal for the parade is the actor and the iconic LGBT activist George Takei.

Not for the faint of heart on Saturday, June 21 at 6:00pm - 2:30am at AXIS, is the dance party UNITY BALL 13 inside and DRAGAPALOOZA outside. This is the largest Official after pride dance party inside with DJ Rob Engel, and your ticket includes admission to Drag-a-Palooza outside with special guests Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox performing live. Nina West and Virginia West host a 16 year annual indoor-outdoor festival tradition.

Pride weekend in Columbus comes to a close with Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 22 at the Columbus Athenaeum at 10:00AM. The featured guest is Parade Grand Marshal George Takei.



Denver, Colorado

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 to Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Denver, Colorado LGBT Gay Pride

The city and county of Denver, Colorado sits just east of the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City got its nickname because it’s exactly one mile above sea level.

Denver is the largest city in Colorado, and also the capital of the state. With a population of 634,000 people, it’s the 22nd most populous city in the United States.

Many people know Denver because of Denver International Airport, which is the 4th busiest airport in the country. The airport covers more than 53 square miles, which is bigger than the city and county of San Francisco, and the island of Manhattan.

Denver’s LGBT Gay PrideFest and Parade weekend is a two day affair, beginning on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and ending on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Celebrating their 39th anniversary in 2014, Denver’s PrideFest and Parade are produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center). Denver PrideFest is the third largest pride festival and seventh largest pride parade in the United States.

Denver, Colorado Dyke March

The mission of Denver PrideFest is to create a fun, safe and empowering space to celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of the LGBT and allied community in Colorado.

Denver PrideFest takes place in the downtown Civic Center Park, featuring the Coors Light PrideFest Parade, the Smirnoff Dance World, the Peligroso Latin Stage with cultural programming, and the Center Stage with live entertainment. The festival hosts 325,000 guests annually and also features more than 250 vendor booths with arts, crafts, food and more. There’s a family area, youth alley, and a transgender resource area.

PrideFest also sponsors the Denver Dyke March, Transgender Resource Area, Dogs in Drag, Big Gay 5K and lots of fun surprises all weekend.

Orgullo Latino

Non-stop fiesta awaits at the Peligroso Tequila Latin Stage experience!

The Peligroso Tequila Orgullo Latino Stage at PrideFest returns for the sixth year with a Latin Stage that is packed with the best in colorful, cultural entertainment from around the country for the entire LGBT community. The stage is located on the main lawn next to the McNichols building in the park, and will have fantastic entertainment throughout the weekend.

The Center Stage

With headliners David Hernandez, Frenchie Davis, Kalil Valentino and Ben De La Creme, Center Stage at Denver PrideFest 2014 features two days of non-stop entertainment. They have festive bands, over-the-top drag performances, sexy fashion shows, hilarious audience contests and more than a few surprises scheduled. Center Stage at Denver PrideFest wouldn’t be the same without superstar and veteran emcee DeMarcio Slaughter.

Smirnoff DanceWorld

Nicknamed “The Club,” by PrideFest security and production teams, it’s all your favorite Denver and national DJs, all in one place. The Smirnoff Dance World is where you’ll find the best beats and the best dancers in Civic Center Park, located just south of the Seal Pond.

The Smirnoff Dance World is 21+ on Saturday and all ages on Sunday.

Denver Gay 5K Run

Sunday, June 22 is the Coors Light PrideFest Parade at 9:30AM. The highlight of Denver’s annual PrideFest celebration, the Coors Light PrideFest Parade steps off on Sunday morning at 9.30 am from Cheesman Park and proceeds 14 blocks down Colfax Avenue to the festival in Civic Center Park.

This year the Grand Marshals for the Coors Light PrideFest Parade are Margie O’Donnell and Luke Adams. Most recently seen on CBS’s The Amazing Race All-Stars and The Amazing Race Seasons 14 and 18, Margie and Luke are a dynamic mother/son team originally from Colorado. As the first openly gay deaf man on The Amazing Race, Luke was able to raise awareness for both the LGBT and deaf communities while also becoming the youngest competitor to place in the final three.

Visit Denver has this to say about the annual gay pride parade.
On Sunday, the annual Gay Pride Parade makes its way down Colfax Avenue. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. sharp at Cheesman Park and heads west directly to Civic Center Park. This event is a favorite event every year with colorful floats from sponsors, nonprofits, local businesses, organizations, and politicians filling the streets. Come out early and get a good spot - you don’t want to miss a thing.



Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, June 20, 2014 to Sunday, June 22, 2014

OKC Gay Pride Parade

Oklahoma!
Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
Where the waving wheat
Can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain


I know that when I was a kid, I knew the lyrics to the song “Oklahoma” from the musical Oklahoma!, long before I knew that Oklahoma was a state in the south central United States.

Composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II painted a vivid and romantic picture of Oklahoma, in their musical of the same name. As I grew up, I became acutely aware that the “Oklahoma” that was portrayed in the musical was at odds with reality today.

Oklahoma is a very Republican red state that supported Senator John McCain for president in 2008 with 66% of the vote, and Willard Mitt Romney in 2012 with 67% of the vote.

OKC Pride Events 2014

Oklahoma is home to state Representative Sally Kern, the gay hating state legislator who shot to fame in 2008, when she described the “homosexual agenda” as “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.”

Tea-party Republican candidate Scott Esk, who is running for a seat in the Oklahoma state legislature, thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to stone LGBT people to death.

So if there’s one LGBT Gay Pride celebration in the country that deserves everyone’s support, it’s the Oklahoma City LGBT Pride celebration weekend in the state’s capital city.

According to the organizer’s, the purpose of OKC Pride is to promote and celebrate pride, diversity, equality, and community, primarily related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, in central Oklahoma. The mission of the organization is providing leadership to meet the needs of the LGBT community through awareness, health, and educational services.

OKC Pride supporters

OKC Pride weekend 2014 will kick off with a block party on Friday, June 20th with live performances and events on the strip at 39th and Penn. In addition, there will be an Arts Festival on Saturday the 21st, and the Pride Parade on Sunday June 22nd.

LGBT Pride Block Party - Friday, June 20th 7:00PM - 39th and Penn

The first event is the LGBT Pride Block Party at 7:00PM on Friday the 20th. Headliner’s Taylor Dayne (“Tell It To My Heart”, “Love Will Lead You Back”) and special guest Martha Wash (the voice of pop hits “It’s Raining Men” and “Everybody Dance Now”) will perform live in a FREE open air concert that starts at 8:00PM.

LGBT Pride Performing Arts Festival and Showcase - Saturday and Sunday, June 21 -22 from 12 - 8pm and 12-4pm - 39th and Penn

OKC Pride weekend continues with a two-day Arts Festival on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday June 22nd. The open-air Pride festival will feature regional artists, non-profits, commercial vendors and food trucks arranged along the 39th Street strip. Throughout the afternoon, a different live open-air performance from a local artist or artist group will take place every hour, as part of our Performing Arts Showcase.

OKC Pride party
OKC PRIDE PARADE - Sunday, June 22nd 6:00PM 39th and Penn

OKC Pride is excited to welcome Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Sue Barton and Gay Phillips as the Grand Marshals for their 2014 Pride Parade. They are the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma marriage equality lawsuit currently on appeal in the 10th District Circuit Court, and these amazing women are leading the fight for marriage equality in Oklahoma.

Also joining OKC Pride, as judges for the parade: Jason and Darren Black Bear, who in October of 2013 became the first gay couple to be married in Oklahoma, through the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Court.

These special guests exemplify OKC Pride’s theme for this year’s festivities: Simply Equal. Please join them for an awesome parade, and to celebrate history in the making.

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