Each year pride events are held nationwide in cities large and small, and for some Americans, it is the only occasion where they can be out and proud in their community. Pride festivals and parades are a celebration of the progress the LGBTQ community has made, but also a time to recognize the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality. This year, we recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the uprising which followed — marking the beginning of the fight for true equality.
June is International Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with fun-filled parades and festivals? Pennsylvania and its vibrant LGBTQ communities invite you to join the festivities, share your pride, and pursue your happiness at these fun iconic events. If your June is already booked, no worries!
For the crowd of visitors that turned out this afternoon for the 19th annual Pride in the Park Festival at Cedar Beach Park, the day was about equality and overcoming discrimination. Many in the local gay and lesbian community agreed the Supreme Court invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act in June and letting stand a ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in that state represented a good start. Sarah Vitti, representing the Human Rights Campaign, said her organization was trying to build its membership in an effort to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
From music, food, vendors and entertainment, there was no shortage of sights to see at the festival. But Pride in the Park goes far beyond the day of activities, spreading a strong message throughout the community. And while organizers say the event, and our country, has progressed over the last quarter century they also say the work is far from over.
A gay New Jersey newspaper columnist is in an apparent dispute with his editor over his participation in a gay pride parade in Allentown, Pa. Frank Whelan has worked for The Morning Call newspaper since but has not returned to work since taking part in the parade. Whelan and his partner of 25 years, Bob Wittman, were asked to be grand marshals of the Allentown event, run by Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley, according to a report by The Express-Times newspaper.
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If you believe diversity and inclusiveness makes communities stronger, then Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley has an event for you. Its Pride in the Park festival returns Sunday to Cedar Beach in Allentown for the 23rd year and it couldn't come at a better time. It arrives amid the divisiveness permeating the political scene as the race for our next president heads into the home stretch.
Lehigh Valley's Pride festival has been a vibrant community event since The exciting community event provides a spotlight on LGBT arts and culture, connects thousands of community members to local resources, provides full-day programming for LGBT youth and teens, and celebrates the diversity in our community. Lehigh Valley Pride has grown to include over 5, attendees.