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Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:33 pm

June and July is Pride Season...lots of gay pride parades to go to.

Anybody has any plans for pride this summer?

Olympia Pride, June 11 - 12, 2011

Seattle Pride, June 26, 2011

Vancouver, BC, July 31, 2011

Spokane Pride, June 11, 2011
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:48 pm

yup, I go to Toronto Pride every year. What a great time.

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Re: Pride Season

Postby Cajun » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:03 pm

One of the largest in the USA:

http://pridehouston.org/
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Re: Pride Season

Postby edu999 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:46 pm

San Jose Pride is held within spitting distance of my house, but it's boring.

SF Pride draws people from all over the world. I haven't been in quite a few years. Might go this year.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:33 am

How is everybody enjoying pride season?
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Re: Pride Season

Postby Rico » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:52 am

olywaguy wrote:How is everybody enjoying pride season?

It's a distraction. At one time valuable, I doubt the present-day effectiveness of the parades and all the celebrations. Although they certainly increase awareness around the world, it more often than not seems to inflame the haters, scare those still on the fringe, and increases the right-wing's ability to raise funds to beat us where it really counts.

The real battle I think is calling out hypocritical politicians and political parties on the social issues, and appealing to the common sense and fairness of the rest. IOW...the battle is the grunt-work taking place at the ballot box and in the courts....and not marching down Main Street with a banner.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:21 pm

olywaguy wrote:How is everybody enjoying pride season?

I'm spending as much time as possible down in the Village. You can feel the electricity in the air. Everyone is so friendly and there is an air of excitment around. No, it's not for everyone. Not everyone is comfortable showing that side of themselves, but they are free to stand down. The rest have great pride in themselves, their sexuality and their friends. I think that Pride has helped move people from "tolerance" to acceptance of others. And that's the whole point. Who just wants to be tolerated? Besides, the vast majority of those participating in pride are the same ones doing the grunt work on the front lines too, not just at the elections, but on an every day level, with everyone they meet. Those who stop a homophobic slur, teach a child to not use a derogatory comment against ANYONE else, and accept and embrace diversity anywhere they can are all doing their part for stopping injustice in our society.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby justaguy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:15 pm

I don't celebrate them. Years ago, I attended a pride celebration with a crowd of 80,000+ LGBT and gay friendly people and felt like I didn't belong. That was my last.

I'm glad they happen.
They started with great cause.
They serve an evolved purpose now.
They're very necessary in the big picture.
By example, they help other anti-gay cultures and countries establish their community strength.

They're just not for me.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Thu May 31, 2012 12:46 am

Well Pride Season is about to begin.

I'd say there seems to be a lot to celebrate.

Attending your local pride event?
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Thu May 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Pride week is a very busy time for me the last week of June. My friends, my wife and I have a great time every year. I think the purpose of Pride now is to just celebrate and have a great time. By now everyone knows what homosexuality is and not everyone is accepting of it, and never will be, even if it's found within themselves.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby Guinness Fan » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:40 pm

I've never actually been to a Pride event...a bit too over the top for me...
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:02 pm

You come accross as a very conservative kinda guy anyway, Guinness. I couldn't picture you at any event with the word gay in it. :D
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Re: Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Sat May 11, 2013 11:26 am

Once again pride season will be upon us soon.

Delaware , Rhode Island, and Minnesota have recently become same-sex marriage states now, bringing the number to 12 states and DC.

Hopefully, with the Supreme Court decision on two gay marriage coming up next month, the justices will vote in favor of gay marriage.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:30 pm

Pride week wrapped up here on June 30, and my blisters are just starting to heal. It was a party almost every day. I'm so glad for pride events.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:19 pm

Vancouver, BC is having theirs tomorrow. Was going to go with a friend but our cash had to be used for something else. I really wanted to go.
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Re: Pride Season

Postby DeckApe » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:33 am

I admit I've never been to a Pride event either. But I work in public transportation for a living, and I sort of prefer to get AWAY from people on my days off. I'm a hermit. I admit it. :lol:
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Re: Pride Season

Postby olywaguy » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:07 pm

Pride Season is now underway.

--Seattle (40th anniversary)
http://www.seattlepride.org/

--Olympia (Capital City Pride)
http://capitalcitypride.net/

--Spokane
http://www.outspokane.com/

--Tacoma
http://tacomapride.org/

--Vancouver, WA
http://www.sitppride.info/


Well, there doesn't seem to be a strong presence where i live in Central Washington.

I belong to a gay social group called Out in Ellensburg. All we have done is just have coffee, have an outing, game night. We have our private facebook page. So, I suggested the possibility of creating a Pride event for the very first time for this town. Everybody in the group seemed encouraging.

So, I suggested a picnic. My initial idea was to have a picinic but also information and educational booths, vendors, and music (maybe next year). However, that is a lot of work for the end of July. So, I am revising it to a picnic which would be on a Saturday and have events during the week that would lead to the main event which is the picnic. Have Youth Dance, Adult Dance, Youth Drag Show, Adult Drag Show, Game/Movie NIght, and the picnic. Calling it Out in Ellensburg Pride.

One of the things I would like to do as well is to bring gay rodeo. Ellensburg is famous for its Labor Day Rodeo. It is one of the top rodeos that cowboys compete in. This is a rodeo town. However, in order to create one, I would have to establish an association under the umbrella of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). They don't have a presence in the northwest at all. So, the association would cover the northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. My original idea was to have it in early August but the Labor Day Weekend Rodeo is at the end of August and early September...too much rodeo in one month. So, now I am thinking of creating such an event for Father's Day weekend (of course this would have to be for 2015).

Ellensburg is a college town so after mid June, this town is fairly dead...there is nothing to do. I want to fill up the summer with some activity around here.

So, I've begun the process of creating a pride event in a town that has never had one for the community. The college has its own Pride week in late May but that's mostly for the students. This would be not only for the entire community but for the central Washington region as well...and it all starts with making a call to a local park to see if they are available, costs, etc.

I am basically modeling the idea after Portland, Oregon's pride event. I've been to it a couple of times. They have a picnic, a drag host, vendors, booths, etc. I've enjoyed my time there very much.

We will see how it goes...
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Re: Pride Season

Postby nimby » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:11 pm

This year was World Pride in Toronto, and it was insane to say the least. I was in the village almost every day and partook as much as possible. But I also found things rather overwhelming. It was just waayyyyyyyy to big for me. Though we all had great seats for the parade, we left after the first three hours. It was just too much. We went and had a nice dinner in the suburbs to wind down.

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Re: Pride Season

Postby Guinness Fan » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:14 pm

Reviving an old post...

I was in Dublin this past week... A group of us had planned a weekend of cultural events (read: trying to drink every pub dry of Guinness). Little did we know that is was Pride weekend...and the hotel we had booked was smack dab in the middle of the festivities. I'd never been to a Pride weekend before...and judging from the sights I saw, it's not something I'd travel across the street to see. Definitely NOT my cup of tea... And when it comes to Pride-stuff, it's my understanding that Dublin is tame...
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