In case you've been out of the loop, PRIDE 09 schedules are circulating in the area outlets and other details are ebbing and flowing from a variety of other sources. It's the typical fashion that accompanies this effort each year, where matters are not exactly confirmed until they are sorta confirmed. Anyway, as I've stated previously, their are numerous activities for your consideration. I decided that perhaps some of my readers may not get access to some of the e-blast that are flying with fury, so I will post some items, links or websites for your 411!! Stay tuned for the latest pride updates and more....
Central High Museum and Visitor Center and Little Rock Capital Pride Present:
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Saturday June 6, 2009 2-4PM
2125 Daisy Bates Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas
Bayard Rustin was an American civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier, and the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance. He became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career; however, his homosexuality was the reason for attacks from many governmental as well as interest groups. As a side note, I've seen this film which has been presented several times in this area and actually met Mr. Rustin before his untimely death.
Festival Site: Simon Park next to City Hall 1201 Oak St Vendor and entertainer applications still being accepted. Contact John Schenck if you want to perform: 501-697-1651. Contact Adam if you’d like to have a booth: 501-912-3780 Non-Profit booths are: $15.00 and $25.00 for profit booth
Be sure and bring sunscreen, chairs and blankets and come get your pride on!
Annual Mr. & Mrs. Gay Pride: June 14th – Doors open at 8pm Club UBU at 824 West Capitol
Sunday June 21st at 12:30 Allsop Park, Cantrell & Cedar Park Rd., Little Rock
Free food while it lasts
The 1st Annual Equality Games including the “three legged race for marriage equality” and many more. Great prizes for each event such as a gift certificate to Gauchos Grill.
D.J., Speakers and Entertainers
Booths with information and goods
And to wrap it all up…it’s the “Clash of the Softball Junkies” ball game that comes with a rainbow trophy for the winners!!
NWA PRIDE announces the 3d Annual NWA PRIDE PARADE: A Celebration of Diversity and Community. It will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2009 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Parade organizers invite everyone to come together in solidarity and support of equal rights for all. The parade lineup will start at 8 AM on North East Street, between Meadow and Dickson Streets. Parade will start promptly at 10 AM. A brief Pride rally will be held at the end of the parade in the Walton Arts Center Parking Lot.
For more details, float and/or speaker applications, please go to NWA Pride's web site at nwapride.org. This year we will have a 30 X 60 Pride Flag, so volunteers are needed to carry the flag. We also need volunteers to help in anyway they can. http://www.nwapride.org/
We are in search of PRIDE stories. If you have an item, poem, short story, essay or commentary, then hit us up and share it during PRIDE 09. Click the comment box and get busy.