DETROIT – Capping off a week-long celebration of Black Pride in the Detroit Area are several Hotter than July events that will connect over 20,000 LGBT people and their allies.
Thursday is the perfect night to pack the Cass City Cinema for some entertaining and empowering film. There will be a preview of the TransParent documentary looking at the life and murder of a Detroit transgender woman, a documentary called Tongues United, an episode of the DL Chronicles and other showings with an LGBT theme. The cost for the entire night of film is $20.
Friday night is the Prom Night, with an opportunity to get dressed up, dance, and vote on the Prom court just like back in the day. And unlike many high school proms, this one is made for all couples to feel safe and loved. Plus the tux rentals aren’t so bad. President Tuxedos are offering a special HTJ rate of just $99 for the event that includes coat, pants, shirt, vest, studs, cufflinks, socks, shoes and a plain hanky. Fancier styles can be rented for $129. (Use promo code HTJ2013). Prom Night takes place Friday July 26 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center from 6-10 P.M. at a cost of just $35 per person.
Saturday is the big day – The Palmer Park Picnic. This annual event is basically a big family reunion, with 20,000 people meeting at the park for food, games, music, sharing stories and making plans. It’s advocacy and entertainment rolled into one. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m., with a march scheduled for 10:30a.m.
HTJ wraps up Sunday with morning worship and a Sunday brunch. The worship takes place at WHOSOEVER Ministry at 2930 Woodward in Detroit at 11 a.m. WHOSOEVER Ministry is no ordinary church, it is a church for the Christian Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Affectionate and Transgendered child of God. Led by Pastors Rev. Dr. Selma Massey and Rev. Jeffrey M. Seals, WHOSOEVER is welcoming all year round, and is certainly filled with lots of love for the HTJ service.
Lastly HTJ winds down with the Sunday Brunch. This classy fundraiser helps keep HTJ going each year, and gives people a chance to enjoy some delicious food and great music. The brunch goes from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel and Residence at 1000 River Place in Detroit. Tickets are available in advance for $50 per person or $90 per couple.
To learn more about the entire week of Hotter Than July events, and to buy tickets for the events with a fee, visit http://www.hotterthanjuly.org.