It was the 20th anniversary of the LGBT pride parade in downtown last weekend and it was a great turnout at Sylvester Park!
There were plenty of fun dressed people and people showing their true colors. It was one of the biggest and best prides yet and it shows how far we've come as a community. Not just in the LGBT sense but how everyone perceives everyone.
Even our president, Obama, signed a proclamation in 2009 supporting the movement and commented on how far the community has come and how far we still have to go.
Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.
It's important to look at the past and remember what a lot of people went through to get us where we are today. It's also important to remember what these fun days and parades are really all about. It's not just about dressing up and listening to great music but about equality, justice, and health as Obama said,
"Queers in space, in a gaylaxy far far away on a gueertastic highschool space-station in a different dimension: students struggle for solidarity with all the Universe's gayliens"
Early rave review: This was awesome! Awesome: story, script, performances, soundtrack...
Come join us for the Capital City Pride Kick-Off Party at the Press Coffee Lounge!
Meet the new people involved with the committee and find out how you can get involved. This year's event is shaping up to be a huge success and is expected to surpass the 10,000 participants Olympia had last year!
Learn about changes to the website, upcoming events, festival performers and Pride's plans for the future.
The Press is located at 406 Washington St in downtown Olympia. Event starts at 5:30 so bring a friend and spread the word. Appetizers provided, no-host wine, beer & coffee available.
There are other photos too. For example, Brian has some: here.
Pride festival today. I ended up walking in the parade so I didn't do a lot of photography. Here are three.
City Council Member Joe Hyer said, "I want to be on OlyBlog!" Here you go Joe!
Here's an alternate access to the photos I took: flickr.com...sets/72157605762978504/.
Here's a link to photos tagged with "20080622capitalcitypride": www.flickr.com/photos/tags/20080622capitalcitypride
p.s. you can add photos to this viewer by uploading them to Flickr and adding this tag: "20080622capitalcitypride". -bert
Olympia's Pride parade begins at noon on Sunday June 22, leaving from the capitol building and traveling north on Capital Way through downtown Olympia. State Senator Joe McDermott of Seattle will serve as the 2008 Grand Marshal. The parade ends at historic Sylvester Park, where the day-long festival takes place.
There's still space available for entries in the pride parade and registration forms and more information is available at www.capitalcitypride.net. Festival booth registrations are also available.
Besides food and booths, festival entertainers this year feature headliners top-10 LOGO/MTV artist Brian Kent from New York City and hip-hop artist katastrophe from San Francisco. Other entertainers include Tuscon singer/songwriter Courtney Robbins and the Kim Archer Band from Tacoma.
Check www.capitalcitypride.net in the next week for updates and the weekend's full schedule, including a number of events Saturday, June 21.
Capital City Pride is accepting submissions for a call for talent for the 2008 Pride Festival. The festival is June 22, featuring a parade in downtown Olympia and a day-long festival in Sylvester Park.
Selected entertainers are compensated.
A CALL FOR TALENT for Capital City Pride, the second-largest GLBT pride celebration in Washington. Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia
Please send CD, reproducible photo & biographical information to:
Capital City Pride Committee
ATTN: Karola Longoria
PO BOX 7221 Olympia, WA 98507-7221
For more information, contact: Karola Longoria at: Karola.Longoria@capitalcitypride.net
Deadline: March 28, 2007