Our Pride celebrations kick of with a fun brunch on May 25th at COCO’s Bistro. The Rubi Girls have teamed up with COCO’s Bistro for this fundraiser and will do two performances or seating’s for this bunch beginning at 11 am and a second at 1 pm. You may call COCO’s at (937) 228-COCO (2626) or make reservations via their website at http://www.228coco.com tickets are $30 each, your taste buds will thank you!
We have a few other fundraisers that will be announce at a later date, but we are please to share with you our schedule for our Pride Weekend of Peace Love & Pride.
On Friday June 6th at 6 pm our business expo and cocktail hour begins at Ponitz Center on the Campus of Sinclair Community College. At 7 pm we kick off our Pride Gayla, our theme party of Peace Love and Pride. Instead of a staunchly sit-down dinner with boring speeches we have opted for a high energy party with lots of hor d’oeuvres and great fun entertainment featuring 2 stages and a DJ. Entertainers such as: Gage Gatlyn, Amanda Kayne, Zoot theatre Company, Vincent Holiday, and headlining the event is Comedy Central ‘s own Thai Rivera. Or check him out on YouTube. This will be a true Pride Party!
We have a full day planned for Saturday June 7th. We begin with a hearty breakfast at 9 am at M.J.’s Café. We then line up for the Parade beginning a 11 am on the corner of Second Street and St Clair Streets.
Step off for the Parade begins at Noon with the parade participants turning right on Third Street moving down to Jefferson Street. Turning Right onto Jefferson the parade will move down to Second Street where it will turn left to Main. Then turning Left onto Main Street and ending at Courthouse Square to the welcoming.
The festival at Courthouse square will kick into high gear as the Parade participants arrive and once again feature a mass wedding of couples as we did last year and continue this tradition until marriage equality legal in The State of Ohio. Entertainment will continue throughout the day and ending at 5:30 pm.
Yet the day is not over. At 8 PM the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will present “I Am Harvey Milk” at the Victoria Theatre with music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. “I am Harvey Milk” weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. Join the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and select members of the Dayton Philharmonic for this moving performance that you will not soon forget!
Then on June 8th join the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and the Greater Dayton LGBT Center for a Peace, Love & Pride Brunch at Wheat Penny restaurant on Wayne Ave. Brunch will be served from 10 am to 1 pm. Call (937) 496-5268 for reservations.
On June 25th at 7:30 pm our Pride Month traditions continue with Pride Nite at the Neon where we will screen the movie: “To Be TAKEI” “Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise and to the daily news feeds of five million facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty and love.” Ticket details will be available soon.