June 7, 2014

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Long Island, Nashville, Portland, Spokane


LGBT Gay Pride Guide 2014 Part 3 - June 13th through June 15th 2014

Pride Guide Part 3: LGBTQ Gay Pride Celebrations - June 13th to 15th, 2014


With 15 marriage equality victories in a row, the LGBT Gay community has so much to celebrate.

Writing for US News and World Report, Tierney Sneed said that this year’s Pride will be extra special for some.

In the coming weekends of June, cities and towns across America will be taken over by an annual celebration of the LGBT community known as “Pride,” with festivities including parades and parties, film screenings and speeches. Many local Pride traditions have been in place for decades, but in the 10 states that legalized same-sex marriage since last year’s celebrations – many aided by the Supreme Court’s historic Defense of Marriage Act strike-down last summer – this year’s festivities will take on an extra special meaning. 
To commemorate Oregon's same-sex marriage legalization – granted when a U.S. District judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last month – Pride Northwest’s celebrations will kick off with a keynote address at City Hall by Thalia Zepatos, the national director of public engagement for the same-sex marriage group Freedom to Marry.
In Part 3 of our LGBT Gay Pride Preview, we look at the festivities planned in Long Island, Nashville, Portland, and Spokane.  

Read about the Pride celebrations planned in Long Island, Nashville, Portland, and Spokane by  clicking “Read More”


Long Island Gay Pride

The 24th annual Long Island Pride Parade will be held on Saturday June 14th, 2014, in Huntington, New York at 12 noon. Pridefest will start at 1pm in Huntington’s Heckscher Park.

According to parade organizers, the first Long Island Pride Parade was in 1991.

The Long Island Pride Parade traces its origins to over twenty years ago when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders 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.

Since that time, the Pride Parade has grown into one of the largest parades outside of New York City: community organizations, businesses, and school-based Gay-Straight Alliance clubs participate each year, out and proudly marching along Main Street to the cheers of thousands of spectators.

The Grand Marshal for the Parade is Edie Windsor, the litigant in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Case argued before the US Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor. Windsor was victorious in her lawsuit, and DOMA was declared unconstitutional.  

Long Island Pridefest has four great headliners performing on their mainstage. American Idol Season 4 contestant Joe Murena, America’s Got Talent finalist Prince Poppycock (John Andrew Quale), the dance hit diva Kristine W, and legendary singer Taylor Dayne. Kristine W has had 16 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Dance Club charts, and Taylor Dayne has had 18 songs reach the top ten in the Billboard charts.
The Nashville LGBT Gay Pride Festival 2014 Headliners

Nashville, Tennessee


Nashville is in middle Tennessee, and that’s the heart of the deep south. In spite of the conservative ideology dominating the state’s political arena, the Nashville Pride Committee is producing exciting events that span 3 days, from June 12th to June 14th, 2014.

Nashville Pride’s events reflect a growing LGBT community, and their   public presence informs friends, family members, politicians, neighbors, and business leaders, that they are a vibrant presence in Nashville.

Pride kicks off on Thursday night June 12th, with the annual Curb Records Pride Pre-party at The Pour House in the Gulch. The annual Pride awards are given out to members of the Nashville community at this event.

"As Nashville Pride grows, so does the swell of support from community and business leaders, said Nashville Pride Board Member Joey Leslie.  "While we're certainly kicking off the festival you've all been waiting for at the Curb Records Pre-Pride Party at Pour House Burgers, we'll also recognize the outstanding community, business and political leaders, whose efforts have contributed significantly to the level of success that Nashville Pride will enjoy in 2014."  

On Friday June 13th at 6pm is the Nashville Pridefest Concert at Public Square Park. The concert will feature a DJ set from QDP, followed by Mary Lambert, and an energetic set from Swedish EDM-pop trio NONONO, before finishing up with gender outlaw, activist and DJ JD Samson.
Nashville LGBT Gay Pride Equality Walk
On Saturday morning at 10am, the Vanderbilt University sponsored Equality Walk will take place. The one mile walk already has over two thousand people signed up to walk, and take a stand for equality.
The 26th annual Nashville Pride Festival will also take place on Saturday, June 14th. The gates open at 10am.
The festival will also feature more than 100 vendors and food trucks along Deaderick and 3rd Avenue, an inflatable Kids Zone and games for adults on the lawn including a high-heel race, life-size Jenga, Twister and more.
This year’s Bridgestone Main Stage will host a mix of local and nationally acclaimed recording artists including Ponychase, Steff Mahan, The Harmaleighs, Kylie Rothfield, Lisa Loeb and Betty Who, as well as sets from DJ Ron, DJ Remedy and DJ Lady B.
Pride Northwest produces the  LGBT Gay Pride Parade and Festival in Portland

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is the second largest US city in the Pacific Northwest, and is the 28th most populous city in the United States.

If you’ve never visited Portland, you might not know much about it. Portland has large Asian and Latino communities, and a very vibrant food scene.

Nike, the iconic athletic shoe manufacturer, has their world headquarters in a Portland suburb, and Intel, the multinational semiconductor chip maker, is the largest employer in the Portland metropolitan area.

In 2008, Portland elected openly gay candidate Sam Adams to be the city’s 51st Mayor.

Can you tell that I’m fond of Portland, Oregon?

How can I write about Portland without acknowledging IFC’s brilliant sketch comedy show, Portlandia? Portlandia is a fictional portrayal of the city, and as much as I love the show, it’s still fiction!

Portland’s LGBT Gay Pride waterfront Festival and Parade is produced by Pride Northwest, and is taking place from June 10th to June 15th, 2014. Pride Northwest is based in Portland, and is Oregon and Southwest Washington’s LGBTQ Pride organization.

The first event on Portland’s Pride calendar is on Tuesday June 10th at City Hall, which is a gathering to celebrate Portland Pride, friends and family, and the amazingness that is the Pacific Northwest LGBT community.
The 5th Annual Pride Comedy Showcase is on Thursday June 14th at Funhouse Lounge. The comedy showcase is being hosted by Seattle transwoman comedian Barbara Sehr, and features queer Portland comedian Belinda Carroll, and the outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian Jason Stuart.
Some young kids are enthralled by the Portland Oregon Pride Parade

On Saturday June 14 at 11:30 a.m., the Portland Trans March will kick off Saturday’s Portland Pride festivities. This march honors the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and celebrates the historic and present diversity and resiliency of our communities

The Pride Festival is a two day event that starts Saturday June 14th, from noon to 6pm, and Sunday June 15th, from noon to 6pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Festival features hundreds of  community organizations, LGBT and gay friendly businesses and other exhibitors, as well as musical, comedy and other performances throughout the weekend. The emcee of the two day event is Emmy award winner and super funny man Bruce Vilanch.

The Pride Parade starts at 11am sharp on Sunday June 15th, 2014 at West Burnside Avenue, and there are over 130 organizations registered to march in the 2014 parade.

The grand marshal’s for the parade are “Mean Girls” actor Daniel Franzese, who recently came out, and openly gay college football player Conner Mertens, and openly gay college baseball player Chandler Whitney.

Spokane's Gay Pride Parade

Spokane, Washington


Spokane is a small city of just over two hundred thousand residents in the eastern part of Washington state that borders Idaho.

OutSpokane is an all volunteer organization, that promotes and empowers visible diversity for Spokane's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied citizens. Through supportive education and the annual collaborative production of the area's family-friendly Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, they provide progressive cultural opportunities and experiences for the greater Inland Northwest community.

OutSpokane’s 23rd Annual Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival starts on Saturday June 7th, and ends on Saturday June 14th, with the Parade and Festival. Their theme is Out, Loud, & Proud.

The festivities begin on Saturday June 7th with the 18th Annual Pride Cruise. 2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the OutSpokane Pride Cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

On Tuesday June 10th there’s a benefit for the Odyssey Youth Center, Spokane’s only LGBTQ Youth center. An Evening Odyssey--A Benefit for Odyssey Youth Center features the best singer songwriters and musical talent in Spokane.

Friday June 13th is the Sixth Annual Red Dress Party to benefit the Spokane AIDS Network. This is NOT a "Drag" event but Red Dresses are greatly encouraged as there will be prizes for the Best Red Dress in each category Men's, Women's, and Couture. Music will be provided by DJ Prophesy.

All proceeds from the event go to help the Spokane AIDS Network continue to provide instrumental care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

An Advert for OutSpokane's 23rd Annual LGBT Gay Pride Celebration

On Saturday June 14th the 23rd Annual Pride Parade steps off at noon, followed by the 2014 Rainbow Festival.

The Rainbow Festival is at Riverfront Park Gondola Meadows (by the Bloomsday statues). The festival has entertainment, a community resource and business fair, a large family area (including a climbing wall, animals, oobleck and lots of bouncies), and a beer garden.

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