A sunset cruise. A beachside concert. A luau. All of these sound like the luxuries of a resort getaway, but are actually the makings of the Outer Banks’ first pride festival.
David Miller and the committee of OBX Pridefest have been planning the event for the waterside region.
Miller, a former Richmond resident, has been in the Outer Banks since 1987 and says the area is gay-friendly. After some push back from a church through online postings, the festival made headlines. The video below aired on news station WTKR shows the controversy.
The protesters aren’t getting the committee down and have quieted according to Miller
“There are some native folks here that are deeply religious and the older fisherman crowd,” he said. ”Those folks don’t see the potential of the financial gains of it at all. The response has overall been very positive.”
Miller is also the creater of TheGayOBX.com – an online social hub for LGBT activity and events in the beach region. Miller and his business partner gathered friends and created a board of directors to form the non-profit OBX Pride, Inc. that manages the new festival.
While the Outer Banks does not have a traditional gay venue, Miller made connections with establishments like Kelly’s Restaurant through TheGayOBX to host LGBT nights. With OBX Pridefest, the committee steps outside the box with a series of family-friendly events.
The three-day festival beginning Friday, June 24 will be hosted at several locations in Nags Head with daytime events on Saturday and Sunday encouraging same-sex couples and supportive straight couples to bring their children. Activities like face painting, rock climbing, games and crafts create that family vibe.
Nighttime events at Kelly’s and the Outer Banks Brewing Station will offer something for the 21+ crowd.
“The most important goal of OBX Pride, Inc. is to break the cycle of the teaching of prejudice from parent to child,” Miller said.
OBX Pridefest is Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit OBXPrideFest.com.
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