The Miami Valley Pride Partnership is planning a weeklong celebration of Pride for 2011. According to their website: “As we celebrate pride we are ever mindful of our friends and allies that have helped us to achieve the rights and freedoms we now enjoy. It is to our friends and allies that we offer our theme for our 2011 pride celebration: Thank You For Being A Friend”.
The 2011 Dayton Pride Festivities will begin on Memorial Day, May 30th, with a celebration at The Stage Door. On Tuesday May 31st the party moves to The Right Corner. On Wednesday June 1st the fun and frivolity extends to Club Masque for a night of exciting Drag. Thursday the celebration continues at MJ’s Cafe for an exhilarating evening of fun and entertainment. And as the weekend approaches the events get bigger:
Fri, June 3rd 6:30pm RoofTop Rubi
Join Ann Roberts & John Smith as they host RoofTop Rubi benefit for The Miami Valley LGBT Pride Partnership. The evening will begin with drinks and food provided by The Dayton Women’s Club. Throughout the evening enjoy our fun filled Monte Carlo games and bid on our array of fabulous items during the silent auction.
$15.00 General Admission
$100.00 VIP Admission (Includes Admission for 2, Swap Bag and Sponsorship Listing)
For Ticket Information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 697-1190
Sat, June 4th
Noon: The Parade:
The Dayton chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has been selected as Grand Marshalls of the 2011 LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on June 4th 2011. PFLAG will feature, in the grand marshall’s car, the family of Mary and Kevin Kirkendall along with their daughter Lillie and Elizabeth Gillespie, a proud PFLAG family who support their gay son and big brother, Noah. PFLAG Dayton has been active in the Miami Valley since 1989 offering support, education and advocacy. PFLAG seeks to promote health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families. They offer support to help families cope with an adverse society. PFLAG offers education to enlighten an ill-informed public all the while advocating to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
Sat, June 4th , HIV Testing, Dayton Library 12-5pm
Sat June 4th Courthouse Square Entertainment Line-Up
12:30 – 1:00 Parade arrives at Courthouse Square
1:00 – 1:30 BLESSING OF THE DAY: Liz Stutzman
1:00 – 1:30 READING OF THE PROCLAMATION: Josh West and Bret Wendell
1:30 – 1:45 Ohio Royalty: Alexis O’Hara, Brent Fabian, Sinthia D’Meanor, Rob Austin
1:45 – 2:00 Sashay Lorez, Elegance Black Lourdes, Aleksandra Grimm, Summer Day, Daray Lorez
2:00 – 2:15 MJ’s Café
2:15 – 2:30 MJ’s Café
2:30 – 2:45 AWARDS: Kris Jackson
The 2011 Theme Award Recipient is The Honorable Rhine McLin
The 2011 Frontier Award: Recipient is The Honorable Lt. Wendy Stivers.
2:45 – 3:00 Host: Amaya Sexton, Macy Kirkland, Justin Pryde, Endurance, Queen B, Claudia Cruiz
3:00 – 3:30 TBA
3:30 – 3:45 Cherry Poppins, Jenni Hoag, Foxxie Lane, Tasha Salad, Tramp Towers
3:45 – 4:00 Sky Black and The Kings of Dayton
4:00 – 4:15 Delta Blake, Shampaine Lopez, Maqualia Jaa, Arykah Alvarez, Howard Wayne
4:15 – 4:30 Jackie O’Toole, JJ Lopez, Rachel Torrez Kolbe, Niomi Necoll Onassis,
4:30 – 4:45 Diamond Black, Daray Lorez, Ashton Brooke, Patterson Michaels
4:45 – 5:00 TBA
Sat, June 4th Prdeapoloza 1-6pm Masque Parking Lot
Special appearance by recording artist Pepper Mashay! A family friendly event with entertainment, food, games, and more!! Plus Pepper and the Masque Hostess show that night!!!
Sat, June 4th 8pm Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus @ Victoria
THE ULTIMATE BOY BAND REVIEW
Get ready to scream and faint with excitement as the DGMC thrills fans of all generations with a musical look at America’s singing heartthrobs – the boy bands! The chorus has scanned the decades from the ’50s to the ’00s and everything in between to find your favorite songs; you know, the songs you crank up and sing along to while you’re in the car. They are all here for you from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the Beatles, the Osmonds, Crosby Still Nash & Young, the Village People, the Bee Gees, the Temptations.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased through www.ticketcenterstage.com or from a chorus member.
Pride Night At The Neon
Sun, June 5th 2- 6pm Family Potluck Picnic
Ernst Park at 1030 E David Road will be the location for the family friendly cookout. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Bring along a side dish or dessert. Fun and games will be planned for all ages to have a blast.
Thurs, June 16th Pride Night at the Neon 7pm
We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic.
Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.
Sat, June 25th Pride Dinner 7pm, Sinclair
The Greater Dayton LGBT Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary by hosting the annual Pride Dinner. Featuring bawdy comic Suzanne Westenhoefer and Dayton Police LGBT liaison Sgt. Wendy Stiver to act as key note speaker. In both serious and light hearted ways, these two women will help the Pride Dinner celebrate Pride 2011. The evening begins at 5 PM with an impressive business and non-profit exposition with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. At 7 PM dinner begins and is followed by awards and recognitions, Sgt. Wendy Stiver’s keynote speech, and Suzanne comedy show. The evening ends with the annual Big Gay raffle drawing for many prizes.
Tickets are $45.00 with an early bird special of $40 per person or $400.00 per table of 10 if purchased by May 1, 2011. Contact the Center for more info at 274-1776