Charlottesville gears up for local Pride event with week long series of events
Local nonprofit Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) proudly announces an expansion of the annual Cville Pride Festival. Along with the 5th annual main event at Lee Park, from 11-6 on September 17, the celebration has expanded beyond the one day.
“The range of events this year highlights the fact that the LGBTQ community is, itself, diverse,” says Cville Pride president, Amy-Sarah Marshall. “The support and engagement we’ve received from Light House Studios, JMRL library, Whole Foods, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitor’s Bureau underscores the growing realization on the part of the larger community in Charlottesville that directing programs to an LGBTQ audience is a no-brainer. Featuring stories and conversations about the LGBTQ experience – as families, business owners, artists – highlights the social and cultural contributions of LGBTQ people that are often overlooked by the mainstream. And issues of inclusion and diversity infuse all of our everyday lives.”
Pride Week will include events targeted to specific audiences, namely:
LGBTQ YOUTH & FAMILIES—
- Saturday, Sept. 10 @ Belmont Park, the 2nd Annual Youth Pride Picnic will offer free food, games, and community. Last year’s event drew kids of all ages from throughout the Central Virginia region—including Staunton/Waynesboro, Louisa, Orange, Greene, Fluvanna, Nelson.
- A film about the area’s first Unprom, a dance for LGBTQ teens, will be screened Thursday, Sept. 15th at 5:30pm at the Vinegar Hill Theatre. Produced by Light House Studios, this short documentary was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ History
on the Silver Screen: Student Film Competition Screening.
- The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will host “All Kinds of Families,” a storytime hour celebrating the beautiful diversity in all our families with stories, music, and a rainbow craft. Best for families with kids 7 & under.
LGBTQ & ALLIES BUSINESSES—Thursday, Sept. 15 @ Whole Foods, a Wine, Cheese, and Pride! tasting will gather together business leaders interested in discovering opportunities for businesses to attract LGBTQ customers and tourists. This gathering will kick off a larger initiative within Charlottesville and Virginia to encourage the business community to invest in education that leads to a more inclusive and diverse community.
ARTS/FILM/CULTURE BUFFS, LGBTQ SENIORS—Sunday, Sept. 18 @ Vinegar Hill Theatre, Cville Pride and Light House Studios will present a screening of “Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing,” a powerful film that touches on themes of aging, politics, feminism, and homophobia.
Based on the groundbreaking autobiographical novel by American author and poet May Sarton, this moving story reveals the real changes in the fortune of women and lesbians in the political shifts across two continents from the 1920s to the 1960s. A discussion with local filmmaker Linda Thornberg will follow the film.
PRIDE STAGE HOSTS
Three hosts will MC the day-long entertainment: Remy St. Clair, a hiphop artist and DJ from 103 Jamz radio; Asher Lapham, a local teen and aspiring DJ who has honed his skills at the Music Resource Center; and Max Miss Everything, a drag performer who has won dozens of titles.
“The hosts of our Pride Stage this year came to us organically,” says Kristen Dillehunt, the Pride Festival Entertainment Coordinator. “But they demonstrate what makes the LGBTQ community and the festival so vibrant and fun – this is a diverse and talented community.”
Organizers note that those who cannot make it to Saturday’s Pride Festival have the chance to see a preview of the performers at the Pride Preview Party, 7:30pm on Friday, Sept. 16 @ Firefly. “Not everyone can get off work for the festival,” Dillehunt explains. “So we have the night event to try to give everyone a chance to experience some Pride.”
Words via Cville Pride
“We hold the festival in the heart of Jefferson County where the problem exists, to be visible and vocal as possible for the people who can’t be…”September 13, 2016
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