Pride Celebrations in Miami Valley kicks off June 1st with a hearty breakfast at 9am served up at MJ’s Café to begin a day of Pride Celebrations.
Line up for the gay parade on June 1st is at 11am in Cooper Park, on the corner of Second and Saint Clair Streets in Downtown Dayton.
Step off of the Parade begins at Noon led by our Grand Marshalls: Adam Hoover of Marriage Equality Ohio, Kim Welter and Elyzabeth Holford of Equality Ohio. As all our Grand Marshalls have let the way for equality and equal rights, they lead our parade from beginning to end at Courthouse Square in Downtown Dayton. The daylong celebration will highlight the accomplishments of our community and our advancements towards equality commemorated by a mass wedding celebration. Featured entertainers will keep the festivities lively with singers, dancers, drag queens and kings.
It has been said that the party is never really over until someone sings. So our day long festivities are not over until the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus present their concert “Turn It UP” at the Victoria Theatre at 8pm. This daylong celebration of Pride is one not to miss!
Yet the pride celebrations do not end there. On June 15th we celebrate pride with our Annual Pride Dinner at the David H. Ponitz Center on the campus of Sinclair Community College. At 5:30pm we begin our cocktail hour and business expo as we learn about the various gay and gay friendly businesses in our area along with visiting with friends and acquaintances. Our headline entertainer for the evening is none other than the Queer Queen of Qomedy herself, Poppy Champlin. Tickets for this fabulous evening are on sale now via our website: daytonlgbtcenter.org. Our Keynote speaker for the evening is one that is worth double the cost of the ticket. You should reserve your tickets now, they are going fast!
But Wait the pride celebrations do not end there. On Thursday June 20th at 7:30pm we are screening the movie “I Do” at the Neon Theater in Dayton for Pride Night at the Neon. “I Do” is the riveting tale right out of today’s headlines as two British brothers come to the US for School and find love. The straight brother is allowed to remain with his new bride after his school visa expires. Even though the gay brother finds love and is married in Washington DC, where gay marriage is legal, the legal ramifications are quite different for the gay bother. Mark your calendars now for this very special film where just two words can change everything; “I Do.” Tickets for this special screening is $9.00 for general admission, and $7.00 for Greater Dayton LGBT Center members. (Just show your gay membership card.)