Friday, May 23, 2008

CINCY GAY SCENE: Dayton Gay Pride

My dearest friend in the world is coming up the weekend of June 7th, and, because of poor planning on my part, she will not be coming to Cincinnati's Gay Pride. (Wah-wah.) However, trolling the web for stuff to do that weekend, came across an interesting idea:

Dayton's Gay Pride!!!!

June 7th, Noon (ish -- we're on UGST here) @ Cooper Park

The website only has three events listed:

1) Pride Festival and Parade -- at Cooper Park, celebration begins at noon, with the festival going from the end of the parade to dusk. Takes place at Cooper Park at Third and St. Clair

2) Commitment Ceremony -- per the website:
The Dayton Pride Partnership is sponsoring its second annual same-gender commitment ceremony at the Pride Fest. It will begin shortly after noon on the stage at Courthouse Square. A group of local clergy will perform the ceremony led by the pastor from Eternal Joy MCC, Rev. Mark Pridmore. Rev. Pridmore said: "This symbolic wedding ceremony is one of the ways we hope to stand up and really show our community we must: "Celebrate 2008 - It's About Freedom".
3) Pride Dinner -- Ponitz Center, 444 W 3rd St Dayton, OH 45402 Cost $45.00 per person. Very little information about this event, but I suppose it's known locally pretty well. I will not be at that one, as I don't have the cash.

All events hosted by and all money benefits the Dayton LGBT Center.

Looks like I may be in attendance, kids!!!!!

And, though I may not be attending any of the other ones, here are links and dates for other local gay pride celebrations:

June 7th -- Dayton Gay Pride

June 8th -- Pride of West Virginia (Charleston, WV) -- they have a week and a half of events

June 14th -- Indianapolis Gay Pride

June 15th -- Cincinnati Gay Pride

June 20th (Parade)-June 21st (Fest) -- Kentucky/L'ville/Kentuckiana Gay Pride

June 21st -- Cleveland Gay Pride

June 28th -- Columbus Pride Parade and Festival -- check out the website there are a HOST of hot, hot, hot events starting June 6th

I post these because I know many Cincinnatians make these part of their year.

Image lifted from the Dayton LGBT Center website.

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