Printer Friendly

2008 pride guide: your definitive list of this year's celebrations. We've also chosen four not-so-expected destinations overseas and told you just how to create your own exotic pride. Enjoy!

[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED]

LAS VEGAS

MAY 2-3

LasVegasPride.org

TULSA, OKLA.

MAY 24-JUNE 15

TulsaPride.org

Highlights: Eric Himan

LONG BEACH, CALIF.

MAY 17-18

LongBeachPride.com

Highlights: Sheena Easton, KC and the Sunshine Band, Deborah Cox, the Bangles, Ivy Queen, Kat DeLuna

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

CENTRAL ALABAMA PRIDE

MAY 30-JUNE 8

CentralAlabamaPride.org

Highlights: Ultra Nate, Pepper Mashay

KANSAS CITY, MO.

MAY 30-JUNE 1

KansasCityGayPride.org

Highligths: Martha Wash, 2 Unlimited, Deborah Cox, DC Cowboys dance company

CHARLESTON, W.VA.

MAY 30-JUNE 8

PrideWV.org

DETROIT (FERNDALE, MICH.)

JUNE 1

MotorCityPride.org

Highlights: Eric Himan; Where's Betty?; screening of Kiss the Bride in Royal Oak; doggy drag show

NASHVILLE

JUNE 1

NashvillePride.org

Highlights: Ultra Nate, Kristine W

QUEENS, N.Y.

JUNE 3

QueensPride.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO

JUNE 3-29

ColumbusPride.org

Highlights: Bitch and Ferron, the Hamiltons, Melissa Ferrick, Josh Zuckerman; Bat-N-Rouge drag softball game; Fore!

Pride Golf Classic

LOS ANGELES

JUNE 6-8

LAPride.org

Highlights: Olivia Newton-John, Joss Stone, Frenchie Davis, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Michelle Penn, Kimberley Locke;

dyke march; "Carnal Carnival"

MILWAUKEE

JUNE 6-8

Pridefest.com

Highlights: Wanda Sykes, Indigo Girls, Natasha Bedingfield; Wisconsin Pride Idol

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

SALT LAKE CITY

JUNE 6-8

UtahPride.org

Highlights: Meshell Ndegeocello

BOSTON

JUNE 6-15

BostonPride.org

Highlights: Celebrity grand marshal Leslie Jordan

SYRACUSE, N.Y.

CENTRAL HEW YORK PRIDE

JUNE 7

CNYPride.org

HARTFORD, CONN.

JUNE 7

ConnecticutPride.org

FRESNO, CALIF.

JUNE 7

FresnoRainbowPride.com

KEY WEST, FLA.

JUNE 7-15

PridefestKeyWest.com

NORTHAMPTON, MASS.

NEW ENGLAND TRANSGENDER PRIDE

JUNE 7

TransPrideMarch.org

Highlights: Rally speakers Leslie Feinberg and Jill Meredith Berlin; Joe Stevens of Coyote Grace; Boston's All the

Kings Men drag troupe

CALGARY, CANADA

JUNK 8

PrideCalgary.ca

PHILADELPHIA

JUNE 8

PhillyPride.org

BOISE, IDAHO

JUNE 11-14

BoisePride org

Highlights: Boise Queer Idol; rally speakers Robert Ryan and Ralph Martinelli, who made national news when they lost

their domestic-partner benefits after they moved to Idaho from New Jersey

ALBUQUERQUE

JUNE 13-14

ABQPride.com

Highlights: Amber, God-des and She, Deep Dickollective, Frenchie Davis, Josh Zuckerman

INDIANAPOLIS

JUNE 13-15

IndyPrideInc.com

Highlights: Kristine W

BROOKLYN, N.Y.

JUNE 14

BrooklynPride.org

CINCINNATI

JUNE 14-15

PrideIsAlive.com

DES MOINES, IOWA

JUNE 14-15

CapitalCityPride.org

Highlights: Thea Austin, Paris Bennett

KALAMAZOO, MICH.

JUNE 14-15

KGLRC.org/pride

PORTLAND, ORE.

JUNE 14-16

PrideNW.org

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

JUNE 14-15

SanJosePride.com

Highlights: Ari Gold, Frenchie Davis; Family Day; Dance in the Park; women's concert

PITTSBURGH

JUNE 16-22

PittsburghPrideSpace.com

Highlights: Frank DeCaro, Eddie Sarfaty, the Cliks, Raina, Kimberley Locke

SEATTLE

JUNE 18-29

SeattlePride.org or

SeattlePrideFest.org

Highlights: Sandra Bernhard, Ari Gold, Kristine W, DJ Escape; Girl4Girl night; evening Pride cruise aboard the Spirit of Seattle

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

JUNE 20-29

AnchoragePride.com

LOUISVILLE, KY.

JUNE 20-21

KentuckianaPrideFestival.com

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL

JUNE 20-22 and 27-29

TCPride.org

Highlights: En Vogue, Deborah Cox

OMAHA

NEBRASKA PRIDE

JUNE 20-22

NebraskaPride.com

Highlights: Kristine W, Guy B, Christine O'Leary, Brian Kent

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.

JUNE 20-22

FlagstaffPride.org

Highlights: CeCe Peniston, Frenchie Davis, Momma, Chris Pureka, Jason and deMarco

TORONTO

JUNE 20-29

PrideToronto.com

Highlights: Mel C, Dragonette, Uh Huh Her, the Hidden Cameras

CLEVELAND

JUNE 21

ClevelandPride.org

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.

JUNE 21-22

StonewallStreetFestival.com

Highlights: Crystal Waters, Tammy Wright, DJ Joe Bermudez

BILLINGS, MONT.

MONTANA PRIDE

JUNE 20-22

PrideInBillings.org

Highlights: Pope Jane, Josh Zuckerman

OLYMPIA, WASH.

JUNE 21-22

CapitalCityPride.net

Highlights: Grand marshal Joe McDermott, gay state senator; and a doggy marching section, Pooches for Pride

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

JUNE 21-22

PrideRI.com

NEW YORK CITY

JUNE 21-29

NYPride.org

Highlights: Dance at the Pier with DJ Tracey Young and DJ Joe Gauthreaux; women's dance, Rapture on the River; grand marshals Candis Cayne (trans actress, Dirty Sexy Money) and Gilbert Baker (the rainbow flag creator)

LANSING, MICH.

MICHIGAN PRIDE

JUNE 26-29

MichiganPride.org

Highlights: God-des and She, Sista Otis and the Wholly Rollers, Gregory Douglass, Julie Loyd, Bridgewater, Kung Fu

Diesel

HOUSTON

JUNE 28

PrideHouston.org/home

ST. LOUIS

JUNE 28-29

PrideSTL.org/Pridefest.html

Highlights: Martha Wash, God-des and She, Jen Foster, Eric Himan, Jason and deMarco; pet parade; mass commitment

ceremony

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.

JUNE 27-29

StPetePride.com

Highlights: Comedy festival with Ant and Christine O'Leary

CHICAGO

JUNE 28-29

ChicagoPrideCalendar.org

SAN FRANCISCO

JUNE 28-29

SFPride.org

Highlights: Celebrity grand marshal Charo

ATLANTA

JULY 4-6

AtlantaPride.org

Highlights: YouthPride Prom; mass commitment ceremony: AIDS Memorial Quilt display; children's show featuring

storytelling and musical entertainment; and a Lambda car show for homo autophiles

CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA, MD.

JULY 19

ChesapeakePrideFestival.org

SAN DIEGO

JULY 19-20

SanDiegoPride.org

BISMARCK, N.D.

JULY 24-27

DakotaOutright.org

HALIFAX, CANADA

JULY 26

HalifaxPride.org

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

JULY 26

PrideCharlotte.com

Highlights: Josh Zuckerman, Rodie Ray, Melissa Reaves

VANCOUVER, CANADA

AUGUST 3

VancouverPride.ca

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, ORE.

AUGUST 9

EugenePride.org

OTTAWA, CANADA

AUGUST 15-24

PrideOttawa.com

JERSEY CITY, N.J.

AUGUST 28

JCLGO.org

REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL.

SEPTEMBER 18

DelawarePride.org

COLUMBIA, S.C.

SEPTEMBER 20

SCPride.org/DNN

DALLAS

SEPTEMBER R1

DallasPrideParade.com

BLACK/LATINO GAY PRIDE EVENTS

DC BLACK PRIDE

WASHINGTON, D,C,

MAY 21-26

Official2008.org

Highlights: Fantasia

ORLANDO BLACK PRIDE

ORLANDO, FLA.

JUNE 3-8

OrlandoBlackPride.com

Highlights: Comedy revue hosted by BET's Tight Mike; poetry slam contest; Independent Women's Football League's Orlando

Mayhem plays

PORTLAND LATINO GAY PRIDE

PORTLAND, ORE.

JUNE 5-6

LatinoGayPridePDX.com

NEWARK-ESSEX PRIDE

NEWARK, N.J.

JUNE 9-15

NewarkEssexPride.org

Highlights: "Fire & Ink" literary event with authors James Earl Hardy, Lisa C. Moore, and Jonathan Plummer

PORTLAND BLACK PRIDE

PORTLAND, ORE.

JUNE 12-15

BroToBroPDX.org

SOUTH CAROLINA BLACK PRIDE

COLUMBIA, S.C.

JUNE 25-29

SouthCarolinaBlackPride.com

CHICAGO WINDY CITY BLACK PRIDE

CHICAGO

JULY 2-7

WindyCityChicagoBlackPride.org

WINDY CITY BLACK PRIDE

CHICAGO

JULY 2-6

WindyCityBlackPride.org

LOS ANGELES BLACK PRIDE

LOS ANGELES

JULY 3-6

ATBLA.com

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

CHARLOTTE GAY BLACK PRIDE

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

JULY 17-20

CharlotteBlackGayPride.com

MIAMI BEACH BRUTHAZ

(AfRICAN-AMERICAN AND

LATINO MEN)

JULY 17-20

MiamiBeachBruthaz.com

Highlights: Fashion show and male model competition; pool and bowling tournament; shopping spree

LITTLE ROCK BLACK PRIDE

JULY 18-21

LittleRockBlackPride.com

DETROIT'S HOTTER THAN JULY

JULY 19-27

HotterThanJuly.com

PRIDE IN THE CITY

JULY 31-AUGUST 3

PrideInTheCity.com

ATLANTA BLACK GAY PRIDE

AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2

InTheLifeATL.com

Highlights: See Us in the Life Film Festival; fashion show; poetry slam

NASHVILLE BLACK PRIDE

OCTOBER 24-26

BrothersUnited.com/ BlackPride.htm

FOREIGN DESTINATION: MEXICO CITY

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

JUNE 28

MarchaLGBT.com (in Spanish)

Highlights: Fiery-hot DJ Offer Nissim will close the event.

* How to Get There Mexicana Airlines (Mexicana. com) has direct flights from New York, Los Angeles, and other U.S. cities.

* Where to Stay For nonstop queer energy and bars/clubs at your doorstep, Zona Rosa's Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers (StarwoodHotels.com/Sheraton). But if hip vibes and aesthetics are the air that you breathe, the Condesa DF (CondesaDF.com), Camino Real Mexico (CaminoReal.com/ Mexico), and W Mexico City (StarwoodHotels. com/WHotels) represent pure oxygen.

* Where to Eat The Condesa DF's El Patio for international fare and fab mixologist-created libations; care La Buena Tierra preps super-fresh organic brunch and lunch; Aguila y Sol's frozen margaritas, made from fresh fruit, rank among the city's best; and Pujol for deconstructed/nouveau twists on traditional Mexican dishes and a great wine selection.

* Where the Action Is Zona Rosa's ever-changing lineup of gay bars--Lipstick, Boy Bar, and Living--will be sure to hop, but trendy/alternative parties are found via word of mouth or on MySpace. (Check out the page Of gender-bending electronica artist Zemmoa (MySpace. com/Zemmoa and her friends.)

* You Should Know Young men working the emo Look--skinny jeans-fauxhawks-eyeliner--should take caution, as there has been a recent slate of bashings. "I don't think the emo bashings have to do with homophobia," opines Ali Gardoqui, an out electro-punk singer and DJ, "but they definitely have something to do with tolerance and identity. It's mostly heavy metal guys kicking the shit out of little boys, probably because they're jealous since emos are prettier and girls love them." You may also notice locals drinking bright red soft drinks made from hibiscus juice.

FOREIGN DESTINATION: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

JUNE 29-JULY 6

Equal-Ground.org/events

Highlights: "I Have a Dream" drag show with Sri Lanka's leading gender-bending stars; a film festival; the Rainbow Kite festival on Mount Lavinia beach; and a performance by San Francisco's Sins Invalid troupe, composed of LGBTs with disabilities

* How to Get There No direct flights from the United States, so hit the Web and take your pick.

* Where to Stay Gorgeous boutique property Park Street (TaruVillas.com/ParkHotel.html) provides romantic getaway ambience within central Colombo, and it's run by a lesbian-owned company, according to Rosanna Flamer-Caldera of local Pride organization Equal Ground. Other recommendations include the Trans Asia (TransAsiaHotel.com), Hotel Renuka (RenukaHotel.com), and Cinnamon Grand (CinnamonHotels.com/Grand/ CinnamonGrand.htm).

* Where to Eat Lesbian-owned Number 48; the Gallery Cafe; the Bay Leaf, sometimes locally referred to as Gay Leaf; and for a fix of superb authentic Sri Lankan food. the Peninsula (which serves Jaffna cuisine of the Sri Lankan northern peninsula), and Hotel Renuka's Palmyrah restaurant.

* Where the Action Is July 4's Rainbow Pride party. And while there are no officially gay- or lesbian-designated bars in Sri Lanka. LGBT-friendly venues include the Agency and Rhythm and Blues.

* Your Should Know Homosexual acts are still illegal in Sri Lanka, yet the city nonetheless boasts a vibrant queer community. "Apart from this, Colombo is a shopper's paradise for designer clothing at unbelievable prices," Flamer-Caldera adds. "Visit Odel Shop and Cotton Collection while you're in Colombo."

FOREIGN DESTINATION: STOCKHOLM EUROPRIDE

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

JULY 25-AUGUST 3

StockholmPride.org/en/Know/Buy-tickets (The site's only English page as of press time)

* How to Get There Scandinavian Airlines/SAS (FlySAS.com) offers three classes, including Economy Extra, featuring roomier seats and personal electric outlets.

* Where to Stay No shortage of design-centric boutique gems here. The thoroughly modern Hotel Rival (Rival.se) is housed in a former movie theater, close to many LGBT bars, and owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA. Hotel Hellsten (Hellsten.se/eng) marries rustic Swedish and modern flourish. The brand-new Hotel Stureplan (HotelStureplan.se/ en) hearkens back to old Swedish style in a 19th-century building. And Nordic Light, which offers in-room light therapy (as in rays of light). is gorgeously chic (NordicLightHotel.se/en).

* Where to Eat Luxurious and pricey Fredsgatan (a.k.a. F12) earned a Michelin star for chef Melker Andersson's sublime taste combinations; stunning decor and fresh seasonal New Swedish with an Asian accent at Pontus; L Word-type lesbians are drawn to Roxy for Mediterranean fusion and drinks; and bar-restaurant Malar Paviljongen is a gay fave.

* Where the Action Is The Old Town district's Chokladkoppen cafe is unbeatable for pastry, coffee, and cute gay waiters. GOken is all about camp and cocktail values. Disco bunnies proceed to Lino and Club G. And on Sunday nights the Patricia yacht hosts Stockholm's queerest party with an arsenal of Eurovision Song Contest tunes on board.

* You Should Know Stockholm is so LGBTQ-friendly, it's redundant to dub any of the previously mentioned spots "LGBTQ-friendly." One of Sweden's most famous lesbians, model turned pop star turned hot clothing designer Efva Attling, has a must-visit namesake shop in the hip Sodermalm hood. And to really go local, try a fried herring from the Nystekt Stromming stand.

FOREIGN DESTINATION: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

AUGUST 7-10

GayPride.is/English

Highlights: Entertainers Carole Pope, Stereo Total, and Swivel

* How to Get There Icelandair (Icelandair.com), is very stopover-friendly, so Reykjavik can be your destination to or from other Scandinavian cities.

* Where to Stay Roomy apartment-hotel complex Room With a View (RoomWithAView.is) is ideally located smack-dab in the city Center along the parade route, with many rooms having lovely views to boot; or IcelandAir Hotels (IceHotels.is).

* Where to Eat Gay-owned traditional Danish-Style restaurant Jomfruin (the Virgin), and the excellent mostly fish restaurant Via Tjornina is popular both with gays and international celebrities.

* Where the Action Is Q Bar draws both gays and lesbians, while leather/fetish bar MSC-Iceland is strictly male-only. Other popular nightspots include Organ and Nasa.

* You Should Know If you're feeling all Anthony Bourdain--y chaiienge yourself with the traditional Icelandic delicacy, hakarl cubes of fermented shark meat buried for months in shallow ground. "People should not eat it without a few shots of Brennivin," advises Reykjavik Pride's Heimir Mar Petursson, "the Icelandic vodka with the nickname 'Black Death.'"
COPYRIGHT 2008 LPI Media
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:CELEBRATIONS
Author:Ferber, Lawrence
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Calendar
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 17, 2008
Words:2069
Previous Article:Let's get spiritual: deemed sinners or simply made invisible by their childhood religions, many gays and lesbians are embracing alternative faiths...
Next Article:Moment of truth: you may remember coming out, but how much do you think about the moment you realized you were gay? A new HBO documentary lets real...
Topics:


Related Articles
Pride by many other names: whether it's a dyke march, black gay pride, or a youth rally, gay men and lesbians are finding new ways to celebrate their...
AIG welcomes Delta's first nonstop flight between Amman and JFK.
Meet the Brave Ones: our Pride issue celebrates an extraordinary group of LGBT people whose courage is changing the world.
,CyWorld of Stories,CO at Al Ghurair City to recreate fantasies, fairytales.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters