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Party with Pride

By Jennifer Leigh

“There is often confusion between Memorial Day Weekend and PensacolaPRIDE,” wrote Doug Landreth in the Gay Grassroots newsletter. “Both have value and a place in our community, but there are differences.”

While Memorial Day weekend offers plenty of opportunities to socialize with LGBT tourists and party on the beach, pride events throughout the U.S. are typically in held June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of the late ’70s, which sparked the gay rights movement in America.

It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy both. Whether you’re at the beach or enjoying an LGBT movie marathon, you’re going to have fun.

“By definition, pride events may include awareness rallies, advocacy and education activities, historical commemorations and community action days,” Landreth said. “Being a true pride event in no way diminishes a desire to have a good time.”

For more information about PensacolaPRIDE or Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, visit ggnwfl.com.

Saturday, June 20
Festival in the Park
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Seville Square
Featuring live entertainment by The Port City Gay Men’s Chorus, Josh Duffy, Nicole Bowman, Nick Horton, Janelle Frost and the Red Carpet Divas. Mass marriages starts at 11:30 a.m.
COST: Free

Sunday, June 21
LGBT Comedy Movie Marathon
WHEN: 12:30 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ever’man Natural Foods Community rooms, 315 W. Garden St.
COST: Free

Movies playing:
12:30 “Love Is Strange”
2:15“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same”
3:45 “Such Good People”
5:30 “Pride”

Monday, June 22
LGBT Literary Event with author Joe Openshaw
WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Open Books, 1040 N. Guillemard St.
COST: Free (donations accepted)

Tuesday, June 23
Employment Discrimination/Florida Competitive Workplace Act
WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Florida Public Library, 239 Spring St.
COST: Free

Wednesday, June 24
Chili Dinner & Line Dancing
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Holy Cross MCC, 3130 W. Fairfield Dr.
COST: $8

Thursday, June 25
Public Forum: Transgender Today
WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Florida Public Library, 239 Spring St.
COST: Free

Friday, June 26
“Finally We Can” Celebration Ball
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St.
COST: $45 in advance, $50 at the door
DETAILS: Call Doug at 685-2881 or Donna at 221-2700

Saturday, June 27
Open Mic/Open Stage Performance Showcase
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: First City Arts Center, 1060 N. Guillemand St.
COST: Free
DETAILS: Contact PensacolaPRIDE@gmail.com if you would like to perform.

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Visit The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival Tent
For more information, visit facebook.com/pcolaLGBTfilmfest.

This year the Pensacola LGBT Film Festival will have a tent on Saturday, May 23 at Park East, next to the lifeguard stand. They will have a photo booth, video camera and giveaways. Plus SRIA is supplying them with trash bags to hand out so we can all keep our beaches clean. Make sure you stop by and learn how you can support the Pensacola LGBT Film Fest—which will take place Oct. 7-10 this year.

Details: facebook.com/pcolaLGBTfilmfest

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MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS AT EMERALD CITY
For more information, visit memorialweekendpensacola.com.

Thursday May 21
DJ Jay-R

Friday May 22
DJ Roland Belmares

Saturday May 23
DJ Joe Gauthreaux

Sunday May 24
Glo underwear party with DJ Jay-R and from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Adore Delano.