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Pride Calendar

By |2008-05-29T09:00:00-04:00May 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|
West Michigan Pride

Through June 21
Grand Rapids

Pride GAY-la
8-11 p.m. May 31
Black Tie fundraiser with food, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets: $20. 401 Hall St.
Pride 5K
9 a.m. June 1
Hosted by Grand Rapids Front Runners and Walkers, the Pride 5K is a fitness walk and race. To register, go to Riverside Park.
“For the Bible Tells Me So”
7 p.m. June 4
This film is an exploration of Christianity and LGBT issues. A panel discussion will follow. Free. Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy St.
Pride Potluck
6:30-9 p.m. June 14
Speakers include Arcus Foundation Executive Director Urvashi Vaid. Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus will perform. First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton St.
“Kiss the Bride”
7 p.m. June 20
Film showing at 8:30 p.m. with wine and food reception before. Tickets: $10. UICA, 41 Sheldon Blvd.
West Michigan Pride Celebration
2-10 p.m.
Enjoy music, bingo, vendors, food, a beer tent and more. Free. John Ball Park.
For more information, e-mail [email protected]

Lake Effect Pride

7 p.m. June 13
Saint Joseph

Celebrating Community-Honoring Diversity
YWCA Out & Affirmation Center of Berrien County will host 2008’s pride celebration and auction. Entertainment will include 12-member band The Movement and gender-benders Amber and Dade. Ticket: $30 for adults and $15 for students. The Vineland Center, 1155 Vineland Road.
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Kalamazoo Pride

2-11:30 p.m. June 14

Live, Love and Respect
This event aims to bring everyone from the Kalamazoo community out to celebrate diversity. Family and entertainment events will be happening all day long.
Family Fun Area, open 2-7 p.m.
Caricature drawings, bubbles, face painting and jewelry making.
Welcome Addresses, 2:15-2:55 p.m.
Thomas Seiler, president of the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center
Hannah McKinney, vice mayor of Kalamazoo
Sean Kosofsky, director of policy at the Triangle Foundation
Derek Smiertka, executive director of Michigan Equality
Keynote Speaker, 3 p.m.
Urvashi Vaid, executive director of the Arcus Foundation
LVNMUZIQ, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Urban folk music with a classical twist
Whiskey Before Breakfast, 5-6 p.m.
Traditional Irish dance music
The Movement, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Eclectic jazz music with spoken word
Doggie Fashion Show, 7:45-8:15 p.m.
Show off Fido’s duds. Presented by Bark’s 5th Avenue
DJ Flip Lopez, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Drag show, 10-11 p.m.
Featuring the first-ever Ms. Zoo
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Michigan Pride

June 27-29

Comedy show
6:30 and 9 p.m. June 27
Comedians Mimi Gonzalez, Jason Dudey and Affirmations’ own Leslie Thompson will make the audience laugh until their sides hurt. Guaranteed. Tickets: $20. The Cadillac Club, 1115 South Washington Ave.
2008 Michigan Pride Festival
11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 28
Check out the booths, grab lunch on the riverbank, pamper your pooch or go on a moonwalk. Performers include Gregory Douglass, God-Des & She and Barbara Payton. Also, visit the Diversions Daytime Dance Party. Admission is $5. Riverfront Park.
Statewide Pride March
12 p.m. June 28
Make a float, drive your car or walk along with hundreds of other people along Grand Ave. Registration for floats or cars are $25. The march begins on the Lansing Capitol steps and will be followed by a civil rights rally.
Commitment Ceremony
June 28 following the march and rally
Rev. Kent Lederer from the Unity of Greater Lansing Church will be performing a mass non-denominational ceremony for couples on the capitol steps. Register for free online. All participants will receive a certificate.
Pride Picnic and Pets in the Park
11 a.m. June 29
Bring your family for the fun and games, or bring Fido for an animal show. Family events are free to enter and the animal show is $5. Riverfront Park.

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Windsor Pride

July 12-20
Windsor, Ontario

Legacy Club Pride Picnic
12-4 p.m. July 12
Memorial Park
Pride Flag Raising
9:30 a.m. July 14
City Hall Square
Pride Bowling
6:30 p.m. July 17
Free. Rose Bowl Lanes.
Saturday Summer Sizzle
5:30 p.m. July 19
Live entertainment, featuring The Joys and Photocell. Admission is $5. Riverfront Festival Plaza.
Windsor Pride Dance Party
9:30 p.m. July 19
Featuring DJs and a special performance from drag superstar Sofonda. Admission is $5. Riverfront Festival Plaza.
Pride Parade
12:30 p.m. July 20
Immediately followed by festival and entertainment at the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Free. Runs down Oullette Ave. from Elliott to Riverside Drive.

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Hotter Than July

July 19-27

Ruth Ellis Pride March
July 19
Join one of the oldest black gay pride parades in the country for a march down Woodward Ave. Floats, banners, dogs and drums are encouraged.
Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
July 24
Light a candle in memory of those who have passed due to HIV/AIDS and cancer. Blue Spruce Evergreen Memorial, Palmer Park.
Black Pride Society Film Fest
July 24
Times and films to be determined. Held at the Focus Hope Conference Center.
Poetry Slam
July 25
Presented by EchoVerse Poetry and Slam Series with resident host Johnny “Obadele” Jenkins, Jr. Read your poems at the open mic or compete for the Grand Slam Champ title. Java Exchange Cafe, 440 Burroughs St. 313-822-6456.
Pink Icebreaker
July 25
All adults are welcome to enjoy surprise guest appearances and Detroit’s hottest ladies in pink and black outfits. Cash prize for hottest black and sexiest pink attire. 248-352-7740.
About Us Picnic
July 26
This annual pride picnic is celebrating its 13th year. Come for the family reunion, stay for the entertainment and food. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets. Free. Palmer Park.
Jazz Brunch
12:30 p.m. July 27
Enjoy soul music, good food and great company. Brunch served at 12:30, shows start at 1:30. Advance tickets: $30. The Vu, Cobo Center.

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