President Obama stood before the country one June afternoon in 2015. His demeanor was calm, his voice direct. A touch of pride was in his eyes as he announced a landmark victory. The Supreme Court ruled states must allow same-sex marriage nationwide. “Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal,” he said, “The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times.” It was a momentous moment for the LGBTQ community; a day celebrated with tearful hugs, cheers, and the waving of rainbow flags.
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Our ticketing family includes an abundance of LGBTQ events companies. Most of these organizations sparked from the same points of inspiration: acceptance, love, and diversity. Palm Springs Pride embraces its youth, empowering them and ensuring their safety. Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles marches year round to the beat of equal rights. These are but a handful of joyous Pride events you can attend this summer and other proud partners that you can support year-round through attending great events! We’re open to anyone ready to join our expanding team of entertainers and artists. Happy Pride!
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Many look to Voss Events for a hand in throwing epic parties. From all-out drag brunches across the country, to their “Turn it Up for Change” event that partners with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Voss team has always kept their focus on LGBTQ initiatives. Icons in the LGBTQ community have teamed with Voss for album releases and charity events from the likes of Lady Gaga, Cher, Caitlyn Jenner and many others.
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Voss’s annual centerpiece are their events with drag icon RuPaul. For seven years now, season premieres of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are given elaborate parties with lavish performances from the show’s flamboyant drag queens. Additionally, tens of thousands of patrons attend RuPaul’s DragCon every year.
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In the heart of Hollywood is the cozy, 64-seat Celebration Theatre. The theater’s history is rooted from one of the earliest gay rights organizations in the country, the Mattachine Society. One of its original members, Chuck Rowland, co-founded the theatre in 1982 to create a space for the community to express themselves freely and safely through the magic of the arts. Three decades later, Celebration Theatre shines as one of Southern California’s best musical and theatrical institutions. Intimate productions ranging from The Color Purple and Take Me Out to Bootycandy and The Boy From Oz have received critical acclaim for their passionate performances and use of space. Marketing Director Jay Marcus explained the theatre’s important presence: “Our work gives voice to the joys and struggles of LGBTQ lives with the goal of reaching not only members of our community but a wider audience who are essential to pushing the LGBTQ movement forward.”
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At the time of the band’s inception, the rise of AIDS in the United States led to widespread discrimination aimed at the LGBTQ community. A grassroots effort to form a group of local Denver musicians was founded by Robert “Bob” Brown in the spring of 1984. Brown’s Denver Gay and Lesbian Community Band harbored solidarity and trust for its new members free of prejudice. After several months, the band’s name was changed to the Mile High Freedom Bands (MHFB), continuing to march in the name of equality for 33 seasons and counting.
The MHFB have performed regularly at parades and festivals, as well as at both of President Obama’s inauguration ceremonies. Three decades of carrying their positive message with them have made the group a local staple of the Denver community. Missed out on their recent season? Tickets for their 2017–2018 season are on sale now! Don’t miss out on this leading cultural force 30 years in the making.
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Serving as a leader in LGBTQ nonprofit events for 30 years, Palm Springs Pride (PSP) was founded to raise awareness of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters. Palm Springs Pride has events for all genders and ages themed with self acceptance. The Palm Springs Pride Parade and Pride Festival are annual celebrations featuring special guests, food and plenty of glitter that you won’t shake off for weeks. The 2016 PSP Festival tapped iconic ’80s bands The English Beat and Book of Love, who was celebrating its 30th anniversary with a USA reunion tour. In 2014, the ’80s pop princes The Psychedelic Furs played the hits for all. Did we mention that the festival is free admission? Pride Weekend kicks off November 3rd.
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For the youth of the Coachella Valley, the team at Palm Springs Pride has raised thousands of dollars for educational programs and support for students. In 2015, over $20,000 in donations from PSP’s Pride Youth Fund was given to schools in the valley for “mentorship, community engagement, team building and anti-bullying efforts.”
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For over 30 years, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus has been presented with awards for their work in fighting for gay and lesbian civil rights. Portland State University recognized these efforts with the Urban Pioneers Award in 2007. The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission presented the chorus with a Special Recognition Award in the 1990s when the group vocally opposed anti-gay measures in their home state. These amazing men can be seen in delightful performances right now.
Love is love. Our Vendini family knows the importance of celebrating diversity, regardless of race or sexual orientation. If you’re interested in joining our family of diverse entertainment professionals, please just drop us a line.
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