Seeking to heal a community still coping with tragedy, Orlando city officials are producing a pride event next month.
In a news release issued Friday from the office of Mayor Buddy Dyer, city officials announced a pride festival is to be staged October 8 at downtown Lake Eola Park.
The event is named “2016 Come Out With Pride Festival.”
“Since the first march in 1969 following Stonewall, Pride events have always been about conquering hate and inequality through peaceful congregation,” said Brian Riha, president of the festival, in a news release. “Last year we celebrated the June Marriage Equality Supreme Court decision and later many questioned if we would still need Pride. After the senseless massacre of 49 individuals at a gay nightclub this June, the answer is unequivocally yes.”
The Orlando City Soccer League is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Special guest celebrities who have committed to attend include: Michelle Clunie (Queer As Folk, Teen Wolf, The Usual Suspects), Peter Paige (Queer As Folk, The Fosters), Michael Cerveris (The Good Wife, Fun Home), Matteo Lane (Light Night with Seth Myers), singer/songwriter Eli Lieb, singer/songwriter Brandon Skeie and YouTube vloggers RJ Aguiar & Will Shepherd. More celebrity guests, organizers say, will be announced leading up to the event.
A parade, sponsored by PNC Bank, is also planned. For more information, visit www.comeoutwithpride.com