Articles tagged with: Pride 2011
Anchorage joined cities around the world on June 18 when we gathered a circle of people wearing pink – a human Pink Dot – in an Anchorage park to support the Freedom to Love. In addition to the dot, we made a big heart in honor of Love. Pink Dot Anchorage was an official Alaska PrideFest event. Here’s the wrap up report and photo from Pink Dot Anchorage Alaska.
Fairbanks Pride is rockin’ this year! In addition to marching in the Golden Days Parade with a ginormous rainbow Pride flag, PFLAG is bringing up Summer Osborne to perform at both the family friendly Pride Picnic right after the parade and at the Blue Loon that evening. Go, Fairbanks!
James Crump came to Alaska to find himself, and stayed in Alaska to share himself with us. His death on June 25 at Anchorage’s Pride parade was a blow not only to his family & friends, but also to our whole community. But just what is our community — and where do we go from here?
July is the month for LGBTQ Pride Picnics in Juneau and Fairbanks! Here is an update from our friends at SEAGLA about the Juneau Pride Picnic on July 9, 2011:
You are invited to the annual SEAGLA picnic to be held July 9, Saturday, at Sandy Beach Shelter #2, the shelter with the fireplace. The shelter is reserved for the full day and the grills will fire up at 11 a.m. and at intervals throughout the day.
SEAGLA will provide some burgers, hot dogs, salmon burgers, buns and an ice chest with soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish (salad, chips, deviled eggs, baked beans, desserts …. anything yummy to eat!!)
Please bring some firewood — especially if the weather is rainy and/or cool.
There will be games (horseshoes, volleyball, music, dancing, ….) and even a Hula Hoop contest if anyone dares!! Anyone wanting to do face paintings for the kids, and the kids in all of us, please feel free to bring and set up your space and show your talents!
Anyone with great music is asked to step forward, speakers will be furnished. A portable P.A. system or a Karaoke machine would be fantastic as well. There may even be a guest appearance by our newly crowned Duchess and Duke!
Anyone who cares to meet and discuss the picnic, or volunteer for the picnic or anything else they want to take on, are welcome to meet us at “Social Hour” at Jaded on Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Here’s to fun — and sun — on July 9th!!
A slideshow of photos from Alaska Pride Fest 2011, held in Anchorage, AK on June 25, 2011.
Kristara is back in Alaska for Pride with “Kristara Live and in the Raw,” a show to benefit the GLBTA Community Center, on Saturday, June 25 following the Pride Parade & Festival.
Alaska Pride Week continues with a Drag Queen Bingo block party! This year we are taking it to the streets – 4th Avenue between K and L Streets will be blocked off for all the fabulous festivities. Join Daphne, Ashley and the men of AMP for this Four A’s annual fundraiser.
The open-minded people of Anchorage are invited to join us downtown to create a human Pink Dot this Saturday, in a fun and visual demonstration of support for LGBT people that began in Singapore and has spread worldwide.
“Come out and show your support for everyone’s Freedom to Love through the formation of a Huge Human Pink Dot!
Find your nicest pink (or pink tie-dye) and let’s stand together and express our support of the Freedom to Love.
Everyone should have the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation. But fear, ignorance and prejudice often stand in the way. We believe the first step to overcoming these barriers is for open-minded segments of society to come together. If you believe that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people deserve to express their love just like any other Alaskan, come join us to form a giant PINK dot on June 18, and help us make this statement!”
Watch the inspirational video from Pink Dot Singapore:
“The Online Citizen: A Community of Singaporeans” posted their event and noticed that we’re doing Pink Dot in Alaska:
“Pink Dot 2011 will be held on the 18 June, Saturday at Hong Lim Park. The event which celebrates the freedom of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people to love is now in its third year and seeks to continue its mission in making Singapore a more inclusive and cohesive society. Last year, the event saw a record turnout of over 4000 people.
With less than two weeks to go, the hype for the event has been steadily rising with its official video going viral worldwide and reaching 180,000 views within just three weeks.
The campaign has also inspired the sprouting of Pink Dots across the world in places like New York, London, Montreal, Alaska, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines.”
So come to the Anchorage Town Square on Saturday at 3pm to create a human Pink Dot and show that Alaskans support the freedom to love.
Pink Dot [Anchorage, Alaska]: Supporting the Freedom to Love
When: Saturday, June 18 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Anchorage Town Square (downtown)
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AT THE EVENT??
Just show up, mingle, have fun and smile for our cameras – an aerial photograph has been planned to commemorate this symbolic event. Bring yourself, family, and friends… Along with Your Fabulous Pink!!!
DO I REALLY HAVE TO COME DRESSED IN PINK??
You don’t have to, but if you’re going to come down to show your support, you might as well go all the way!
IS THIS EVENT A PROTEST??
It is NOT a protest. It is a congregation of people who believe that everyone deserves a right to love, regardless of their sexual orientation. Fear and bigotry can get in the way of love – between friends, family and other loved ones – so this is an event for everyone who believes that LGBT individuals are equally deserving of strong relationships with our family and friends.
BUT I AM STRAIGHT. WHY SHOULD I GO??
Many LGBT Alaskans around you are not easy to identify. They may be amongst your sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, colleagues and bosses, teachers and schoolmates. Though more LGBT individuals are slowly emerging into the mainstream, prejudice and bigotry in present societal attitudes keep many LGBT individuals from coming out of the closet. Many of them fear that in coming out, they might lose their family, friends and even their jobs. Yet, by not coming out, their lives are shrouded in secrecy.
Relationships should be built on love, not fear and secrecy. Unfortunately, most LGBT individuals in Anchorage are denied this basic freedom to be who they are in front of their loved ones. Your presence at the Pink Dot [Anchorage Alaska] event can change that. The gathering on June 18th may be a small gesture, but it goes a long way.
For more information, visit the Pink Dot [Anchorage, Alaska] event page.
Pride Week kicks off in Anchorage with a Pride art exhibit, a big Pink Dot for love in Town Square, the film Role/Play, the annual Mr/Ms/Miss Gay Alaska pageant (with a new title this year), the LGBT Memorial Service, a free BBQ, and Drag Camp! to teach us how it’s done: those events and more, plus a preview of what’s coming up next week.
Pride Week 2011 begins on Friday June 17, and there’s something for everyone! Here is the full schedule of June Pride events in Anchorage. (Check Alaska Pride for updates and new events added after this post.)