It’s that time of year, again. The third Saturday in June. For most people, it’s just another Saturday…but for the LGBTQ community, it’s OUR day. It’s THE day to celebrate another year of RI PRIDE!
For those who have no Idea what I’m talking about, June 21st of 2014 is the date of this year’s RI PRIDE Fest, and of course, the Pride Parade.
As we approach the 39th Pride Fest, it’s apparent that there is a great amount of support for the gay community, and their safety, health, and well-being. Sponsors like Bud Light, who of course supply the beer, Amazing Superstore, who supplies…well…you know, the sex toys and such, make sure that the gay community is represented as a fun bunch of people. Then you have Sponsors like AIDS Care Ocean State that let people know that, gay, straight, Bi, Trans, there are people who are here, for you. That in need, you will receive help by non-judging eyes. Yes, of course, Pride RI was design to be a celebration, but in the heart of the beast, it’s all about acceptance, love, and living, however you live, safely and healthy.
Acts like Nicki Harris, Madonna’s backup singer for 18 years, DJ Andy Harris, and Drag Queens like Sabrina Blaze, Vi’let and Jackie Collins, promise a fun filled after noon of glitter, leather, cock-rings and sparkle. Appearances by Miss Lesbian RI 2014, Betty Lesbian and Miss Gay RI 2014, Miss Nadia Star, round out the big ole gay day. These performances start at 10 am and end at 7:30, as DJ Andy Harris spins us right into the Parade at 8 o clock.
As a member of this community for 13 years, I can tell you that this community welcomes with open arms. No matter if you’re a struggling young gay man or a fabulous Diva Drag Queen, there is a spot in this world for you. Weather you feel as though you just can’t come out, or want to sing it from the roof tops, this is a place for you. A safe place. The Slogan for Pride this year is Triumph and Transformation, and through the years I’ve seen the struggle of a young gay man, misunderstood. I’ve lived the struggle of Married Lesbian mother of a precious 5 year old boy. The third Saturday of June, The Pride, the Fest, the Parade, all of it, is the one day a year the LGBQT community can shed it’s skin and say “I’ve triumphed!, I’ve Transformed!” and be so proud of it.
The Festivities start at 10 am on 365 South Water Street Providence RI, with the Parade at 8 o clock starting on the corner of Exchange and Dorrance, Providence RI.
I truly hope to see you there!