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Brooklyn Pride Mission Statement

Brooklyn Pride PO Box 150508 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-928-3320

BOAR D O F D I R E C TO R S Executive Officers: Chair and Festival Director Zully Rolan

Secretary and Parade Director Nadine Boston

Treasurer & Communications/ Media Director

The mission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is to produce Pride and community events that commemorate, educate, promote and celebrate the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. This is a year round endeavor, culminating with an Annual 5K Run, Multicultural Festival; Parade and After-Pride Parties. A significant percentage of the net proceeds from these events are invested to support other organizations and events that celebrate the strength, diversity and reaffirm the value of all LGBT Brooklynites; groups and all others who support the struggle for equal rights. Brooklyn Pride is the premier LGBT community based-service organization in Brooklyn, serving the neighborhood communities, from Bath Beach to Wingate.


Jerry Allred Borough President’s Office Todd Berman President, Clearview Festival Productions Alan Fleishman Director of Community Relations NYC Comptroller William Thompson, Jr.’s Office Ken Freeman President, Park Slope Civic Council Craig Hammerman District Manager Community Board 6 Irene Lo Re Aunt Suzie Bob Kalb, Park Slope Chamber of Commerce

Doreen DeJesus

Committe Members: Fundraising Gina Osnovich Elizabeth Moctezuma Mickey Heller Margie Baker Robyn Ong

Entertainment India M


Kathy Pappas

Security Manager Carmen Rosado

Design & Production Rori Baldari

Kids Space Manager Shannon Casey

The Brooklyn Pride Guide is published by Brooklyn Pride, Inc. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertising contents in any manner without the permission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is strictly prohibited. Publication in the Newsletter or Guide of the name or photograph of any person or organization is not to be construed as any indication of sexual orientation or opinions of said person or organization. Brooklyn Pride, Inc. shall not be held responsible for any typographical or reproduction errors provided by the advertisers.


© 2009 Brooklyn Pride, Inc., Brooklyn, New York Printed by Combo Color Graphics, Inc., Long Island City, NY


Welcome to the 13th annual Brooklyn Pride Celebration. We hope you enjoy the Multicultural Festival, Entertainment, KIDS Space, the Run and Parade. We extend our appreciation and gratitude to the entertainers, DJ volunteers, FrontRunners NY and our investors for their unwavering support, time, talent and energies to produce this year’s event. The Board of Directors also conveys its gratitude and appreciation to the residents, businesses, and elected officials, civic and volunteer organizations in Park Slope. We work hard to make you Proud to host our annual event. Brooklyn’s Annual Pride Celebration commemorates the spirit of the Stonewall riots and Builds a Bridge to Pride for Brooklynites in their own backyard. We strive to bring together the diverse com-

munity of Brooklyn through positive images of our own diverse community. We celebrate family, youth, and the talent of our community as well as the heart of our activist. We are you in our everyday lives. The 13th Annual Pride in Brooklyn celebrates Your Rights, Our Rights Human Rights here at home and internationally. As you peruse the pages of this year’s Pride Guide, note the businesses gay or straight owned, friends and sponsors who support our community, often in the face of opposition. Find a way to show your appreciation of their support. Join Brooklyn Pride and other LGBTQ organizations’, clubs or groups working to advance and empower our community. Many are listed in the resource directory in the Guide.

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"We cannot tell the precise moment when a friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last one drop that makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is at last one drop that makes the heart run over." On behalf of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Pride, Inc., we are honored and proud to have you as a Friend. You are a constant source of encouragement, guidance, and unwavering support. You give us the strength, courage, grit and determination to bring Pride to Brooklyn.

Irene & Pat, Aunt Suzie Italian Restaurant Mark & Richard, Excelsior

20 09 GU IDE CO NTE NT S 2009 Grand Marshals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Official After Party Hosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

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& Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Brooklyn Pride Thanks You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sponsors, Street Banners, Rainbow Arch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The Festival Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-34 Community Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-36 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Board of Directors & Members of Jersey City Pride Board of Directors, General Membership of NERP Sheila & Margarette Gingers Bar Danny Dromm, Queens Pride Jerry Allred, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Michelle de la Uz Fifth Avenue Committee Inc (FAC) Our Families, Partners, Children and Pets Brooklyn Pride 2009


District Attorney Charles Hynes

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District Attorney Hynes is a proud and life-long resident of Brooklyn, where he was born and raised in the Flatbush section. He met his wife, Patricia L. Pennisi, a registered nurse, while they were undergraduate students. He attended St. John's University while she was at Kings County Hospital. They were married in October of 1963. Throughout the years, he and Mrs. Hynes have remained professionally and personally loyal to Brooklyn where they chose to pursue their respective careers and raise five children. Today, the two enjoy the role of grandparents to sixteen grandchildren. As District Attorney, Mr. Hynes has pioneered many innovative criminal justice strategies. He started one of the first specialized domestic violence bureaus in the country and then worked with court administrators to establish one of the first domestic violence court parts in New York State. In March 2009, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced the indictment of Keith Phoenix, 28, and Hakim Scott, 25, in the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant José Sucuzhanay, whom


the defendants believed was homosexual. District Attorney Hynes was joined in the announcement, by New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, First Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights Luis Burgos, relatives of the victim, and members of Brooklyn’s LGBT and Hispanic communities. The top charge against Scott and Phoenix is Murder in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The indictment charges that, at about 3:25 a.m., on Dec. 7, 2008, Sucuzhanay and his brother, Romel, were walking home in Bushwick, at the corner of Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue, when they walked past a car driven by Phoenix and in which Scott was a passenger. The defendants saw the Sucuzhanay brothers walking arm-in-arm, and mistook them for homosexuals. They then attacked the victims brandishing a glass bottle and a baseball bat. The defendants are also charged with shouting anti-

gay and anti-Hispanic insults prior to the attack. Romel was able to run to safety, but Jose was beaten repeatedly with a baseball bat, while he lay in the street. José Sucuzhanay suffered skull fractures and brain injuries, and he died a few days later. An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof

of a defendant’s guilt. The case is being prosecuted by Rackets Division Bureau Chief Patricia McNeill, Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Hanshaft and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Hersh. Charles Guria is Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau. Michael Vecchione is Chief of the Rackets Division.

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Brooklyn Pride Parade Marriage Equality

Founded in 1998, MENY is the oldest organization in the state of New York to advocate full and equal marriage for samesex couples. A grassroots, notfor-profit organization, MENY and its dedicated volunteers are devoted to ending discrimination in civil marriage through education, awareness and media campaigns, political actions, and coalition building. Marriage Equality New York is also the founding chapter of Marriage Equality USA, the national organization with chapters in California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Marriage Equality New York

A Salute to Past Grand Marshals

We salute you, our past Grand Marshalls, for your contributions, service and dedication to end discrimination and to preserve the civil rights of every citizen in our society.

is an all-inclusive organization whose mission is to educate the public by raising awareness of the important right of all persons to enter into legally recognized gender neutral civil marriage with all the benefits and responsibilities that entails. Without marriage, committed same-sex couples are denied over 1,138 federal rights and obligations including social security, hospital visitation, coparenting rights, estate tax, and immigration, just to name a few Marriage Equality New York is grass roots, all-volunteer organization with over 3,000 members and supporters.

1997 Jill Harris Dr. Marjorie Hill Chris Rodriguez

2003 Dr. Dan Sendzik Griot Circle Irene Lo Re

1999 Alan Fleishman Regina Shavers Joo-Hyun Kang

2005 Katherine Acey Park Slope Geriatric Day Center Clarence Patton

1998 Rev. Zachary G. Jones Debra Silber Carmen Vazquez

2000 Rosalyne Blumenstein Daisy De Jesus Colin M. Robinson Paul Schindler

2001 Ralph “Chaz” Crowder Dorothy Deringer Terry Maroney Leona Williams

2002 Hon. Marty Markowitz Stonewall Veterans Association GOAL – Gay Officers Action League FireFLAG – Fire Friends of Lesbians and Gays Brooklyn Pride 2009

2004 Marriage Equality NY Lesbian Herstory Archives

2006 Craig Hammerman Ivy Botini Caribbean People International Collective (CPIC) Lambda Independent Democrats (LID)

2007 Christine Quinn Dee Paris Perez NYC Gay Men’s Chorus Rori Baldari

2008 Brooklyn Pride Center The LGBT Center Regina Shavers 9


Doreen DeJesus Being a part of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Pride, is an honor and a privilege. I was born in Brooklyn but raised in Memphis,TN. I moved my family back to Brooklyn 17 years ago and have never looked back. I am the owner of Ambicionz a Virtual Enterprise. My specialty is working with coaches, entertainers, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals, speakers and writers. I take away their graphical, marketing and administrative tasks. The rest of my spare time is devoted to Brooklyn Pride and serving the LGBT community in every way possible. I have been on the Brooklyn Pride’s board since 2007 and continue to learn a lot from my fellow board members. I am very proud to be sitting on a board with individuals who know how to face a challenge

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head on and get what needs to be done accomplished. I would like to thank Carmen, my partner of 12 years for her understanding and for standing by me through all the emergency meetings and many events. My love to Marcus and Nakeshia, my children, for being open minded, never judgmental and accepting me and my community for who we are. As you enjoy the festivities we have planned for everyone, I ask that you keep in mind that Brooklyn Pride works hard year round to not only give the LGBT community Pride Day but we strive to make a difference in the LGBT community. If you have the heart, the willingness to commit and the time I encourage you to come join us in our work. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy PRIDE!



Nadine Boston Happy Pride Brooklyn! Welcome to the 13th annual Brooklyn Pride Celebration. This is my second time at being the Parade Director and I am committed to putting on the best and only Night Parade for the community in Brooklyn to have fun and enjoy. I work with the best Board ever as well as being friends. I have the support of others who assist me along the way. Meeting new people, making contacts

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trying to remember the names of those who I meet is a challenge. But it’s rewarding. It is a pleasure working with the LGBT community to bring Pride to Brooklyn. To Zully and Doreen I couldn’t do what I do without you both. For all those who helped us put this celebration together I thank you so much. Remember, this year’s theme: Your Rights Our Rights Human Rights. Be proud and celebrate!

Gina Osenevich & Robin Ong

Committee Members

Gina Osnovich is the editor of OUTBrooklyn, the gay lifestyle column at the Brooklyn Eagle family of papers. She lives on Long Island with her partner Robyn and her son, Quentin, 5. Gina also works in design and sales. She writes horror fiction in her spare time, and her anthology, Scars, received honorable mentions and accolades from various groups, and raised thousands of dollars for the American Red Cross. She was named a Brooklyn Woman History Maker in 2002 by the

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce. She is writing her novel now and has every intention of making her first million from it, so that she can buy a house and work from home, finally. Robyn Ong grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, and now lives on Long Island with her partner Gina and her son. She is an account executive at Maxwell Plumb Mechanical Corp in Bayside, Queens. Robyn travels extensively for a column she and her partner write for OUTBrooklyn. She is working on expanding her family and has every intention of restoring classic cars when Gina makes that first million.

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AND COMMITTE MEMBERS India Mendelsohn & Kathy Pappas Working with "Brooklyn Pride" has been a pleasure.We started with this organization in 2008. It was a blast. It rained on us towards the end but it never stopped us. We continued to have fun and made the best out of it. We actually donated our business last year "Just Me Productions Entertainment". "India" performed on stage and Kathy DJ’d helping the performers with their tracks.When the festival was over we knew it was not over with "Brooklyn Pride". We continued to stay in touch with the board members and became friends with them. It was like one big family.When it was time for the meetings to begin again we were there. Now Here We Are "Talent Committee". It wasn't hard finding talent being that's what we do on our own time. Finding the talent for our stage this year was fun and challenging. It gave us a chance to meet many

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people at different venues. The talent agencies know us by first name basses now. Many great things have happened this year for the stage. We have a great line up and we hope everyone that comes out will enjoy it. It’s something you don't want to miss. We have a great crew working with us this year at the stage to help make things run smoothly. Thank you "BROOKLYN PRIDE" For having us on board it has been a sweet ride. "INDIA" Is the "CEO" of "Just Me Productions Entertainment" and "KATHY" Is the "MANAGER" I don't think people realize how hard we work as a team to make "BROOKLYN PRIDE" the success it is each and every year. It’s so wonderful when you have a group of people that can work together under any condition.Thanks “BROOKLYN PRIDE” for being our second Family!

A Salute to Past Co-Chairs

It is with our deepest appreciation that we thank our Founder and past Co-Chairs for all their contributions, vision, leadership and service to Brooklyn Pride and our community over the years.

Founder Dale Gates Co-Chairs Jerry Allred Sonia Galarza Fran Rolan

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Steve Gradman Donna Guzzardi Curt W.Taylor Ira Ortiz Jean Ambroise Zully Rolan Millie Ramos

Zully Rolan Pride 2009. It came so quickly. Time flies when it’s filled with friends new and old committed to making this event one to be Proud for Brooklyn.The planning for this year’s event has brought together a dedicated number of volunteers. Some who are participating in Pride events for the first time; but all worked hard to put this event together by giving time and effort and in whatever other ways they could contribute. To this year’s planning committee, Front Runners NY and CAE, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I also extend my appreciation to the residents, businesses, and elected officials, civic and organi-

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zations of Park Slope. Without your support Brooklyn Pride could not produce the annual Festival, Run or Night Parade. We are in your debt and work hard to make you Proud to host Pride in Brooklyn. This year’s theme Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights stirred something deep in my soul. It kept me focused on weaving together the venue’s that make Brooklyn Pride’ Celebration into a mosaic of our lives as LGBT citizens. I hope we were successful. Celebrate our diversity every day, teach, raise awareness and walk tall but with humility, Equality is on the horizon.

Elizabeth Moctezuma Committee Member

ELIZABETH MOCTEZUMA: Brooklynnite since birth, embracing the grace of my community as it has grown in progress over the years; I bring to Brooklyn Pride my history of work, life knowledge and educational experience to build lasting partnerships .A strong ally for the GLBT community, through my contribution, to

provide support with a focus on Innovation, Integrity, and Growth. Honoring our commitment to people we support, to each other, expanding current services, developing leadership in new approaches by fostering openness to new ways of thinking, including new populations, age groups, diversity, localities and organizations. PRIDE grows in BROOKLYN, a dedicated COMMUNITY.


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Love During the Golden Years Written by Denise Samen and Partner

After my accident in '81, I thought nobody could love anyone who was missing a limb, and all broken up, so I put myself into what I affectionately call my "cocoon" - and there I stayed for the next 25 yrs! One day, I saw a woman that changed my whole life. She wasn't exceptionally beautiful, nor was she even gay! But it hit me that I finally wanted to be happy. Oh, I was content, being a part of an organized church, but I wasn't happy. I needed more than the church could give me. So, I made a list of my goals to aim for, and except for losing 50 lbs, my quest is almost over. I had a lot of love to offer a woman, but just where would I find a gal my age? One of my friends g/f got me involved with the Web, and so I made out a few applications and "BINGO" I started hearing from "older" women. I even had the opportunity to actually meet some of these nice gals, and if nothing else, we became friends. Friends were good, but my heart ached for something deeper. Was I asking for too much at my age now, here I'm in my late 50's, could it happen? I was fortunate to have met 2 very nice woman, unfortunately, they were both "butches" One was a soft and the other a tweener. Now back in my day, we didn't have such names, you were either butch or femme, and being an old fashioned butch, I was interested in attracting a femme. Circumstances lead to my backing away graciously from the situation. My quest continued, until I heard from HER. I explained my situation to her, thinking that we'd just be friends. But the more we talked, the more similarities started to click. I have an eye fetish, and she had the prettiest blue eyes, that ran down to her soul, which was as pure as the driven snow. We finally met, but I was struck with monumental shyness. I tried to make advances, and god knows she tried to stimulate my interests. But neither one of us wanted to get hurt, so we decided to take things really slow. However, she was in my mind constantly and just talking and writing didn't fill that gap completely, so we took another stab at taking the next step. Now, we're both in our 60's and one would think that we're over the hill. What hill, I didn't see a stinking hill? But we have scaled the peak of happiness from the valley of loneliness and despair. The future looks bright, happy and definitely gay now, for both of us. Wow, if this is what the 60's are all about...I can't wait to reach 70 or better, and with her by my side, it can only get better.

job and a place to live the drawback being she would be bringing her twin sister and dog. I jokingly told her I had no intention of being part of a harem. Eventually she realized that the two women she had been corresponding with were leading nowhere. One day she wrote me and told me she had dreamed about me the night before and told me what she had dreamed, a perfectly innocent dream no romance or sex involved. She soon told me that she thought about me constantly and that she thought she loved me.To say the least I was skeptical saying that was not possible we had never even met I could be a liar. But the more we talked the more we knew we were right for each other. We determined we were not going to move too quickly and take a chance on ruining what we had. I had suggested I drive to Brooklyn in October and she agreed then in September I was planning on driving to Indiana to visit with my granddaughter before she went back to college and had a brainstorm? I decided I was over 170 miles closer to Brooklyn if I left from Indiana so I called Denise and asked what she thought of me coming in September instead of October need I tell you what she replied. We both had some physical flaws which we were apprehensive about the other seeing but, they turned out to be minor to the other person. When we met it was instant rapport it was as though we had known each other for years and people who see us together think we have known each other for years we are so comfortable with each other like a pair of gloves we just match. Don't get me wrong we have plenty of differences from tastes in food (I live in a hick town in the Midwest where farming is a big industry and I guess my tastes could be described as pedestrian) to her liking open mike (if I did that I would probably get physically ill) but, in the things that are important from being monogamous to what makes a relationship work we agree. Our living together will not happen overnight but, we are willing to wait as long as it takes and for most months will have to live on phone calls. But when it does happen it will all be the sweeter. I guess what I am saying love does happen to people in their later years (we're both in our 60's) and it is all the more precious and sweet because you had to wait so long for it to happen. Never give up the one you love could be just around the corner.

The Other Side of the Love Story

Before I met Denise on the Internet I had been married for 42 years and a widow for 4. I guess I had been relatively happy, but had always felt something was missing. I finally got brave enough to admit to myself what was missing and joined a few dating sites. I was surfing through this site for lesbians only when I saw her picture, it jumped out at me and I just had to write her. I found out she was contacting two other women (one couldn't spell computer much less use one). The other woman kept telling Denise she was coming to Brooklyn to be with her, the plan being she would move in with Denise until she could find a



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Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries 57th District – Kings County 55 Hanson Place, Room 328 Brooklyn, NY 11217

phone: 718-596-0100 fax: 718-596-4992

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries offers warm congratulations to

BROOKYLN PRIDE on the occasion of the


Thank you for the important work you do on behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Brooklynites in supporting the struggle for equality

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Center For Anti-Violence Education

ounded in 1974, CAE teaches practical strategies to cope with intimate partner violence, hate/bias crimes, abuse, and harassment. We empower LGBT individuals, adult and teen women, children, and other communities especially affected by violence to heal from, prevent, and respond to violence. As one participant recently shared, CAE “restore[s] to survivors something that is often lacking in other forums—a connection between mind, body, and spirit that was severed for most people when they were assaulted.” CAE participants learn in-depth verbal and physical self-defense strategies that give them a range of responses to cope with harassment, increasing their confidence when faced with violent or potentially violent situations. Participants find their inner strength and practice speaking up for themselves and others. They develop self-esteem, build community, and learn ways to get support. Our course also enables survivors of violence to break through the shame and fear that often immobilizes them. From the beginning, CAE has had deep roots in the LGBT community and in LGBT activism. In the 1980s,

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CAE was the first organization to provide self-defense programs for transpeople. Also at that time, in partnership with the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), CAE was the first organization to provide violence prevention and self-defense training for people living with HIV/AIDS. We continue to be on the forefront of services for the LGBT community and are proud of our increasing prominence as a youth service provider. Our classes provide a safe, nurturing space for young people who identify as LGBT or who are questioning/ exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity and/ or presentation. In addition, we focus on those most in need, including homeless youth and trans individuals. A young woman who came outwhile at CAE said, “CAE has been one of the few major support centers in my life as a lesbian. CAE is like a gate opener, it leads you into discovering the different aspects of yourself by teaching that you don’t have to figure everything out, but just keep learning…I feel proud to see CAE's community standing up and working together to end discrimination. ”


Night Parade Route

Multicultural Festival Map

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Multicultural Festival Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Prospect Park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle (F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park)

For more information, to volunteer, to march or perform, call the Brooklyn Pride Hotline, 718-928-3320

All events are free & open to everyone 9:00 a.m. —5K Run: PPW & 15th St. (co-sponsored by Front Runners) 11:00–6:00 p.m. —Street Festival: vendors, food, along PPW from 15th to 9th Sts 12:00-4:00 p.m. —Kid’s Space: Arts & crafts for children and families under a tent – enter at PPW & 15th St 12:00 p.m. —Stage performances in Prospect Park – enter at PPW & 15th St 7:30 p.m. —Night Parade: steps off from Bartell Pritchard Square, 15th St & PPW. For route, see map, left.


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Brooklyn Pride Thanks You‌

Brooklyn Pride offers our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the individuals, groups and organizations who provided us unwavering support and assistance in bringing this year’s pride event to Brooklyn.Without your support, encouragement and belief, Pride 2009 would not have been possible.

The Residents and Businesses of Park Slope

Jerry Allred, Office of Brooklyn Borough President

Craig Hammerman, District Manger Community Board #6 260 Baltic Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (718) 643-3027,

Todd Berman, Clearview Festival Productions 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 415, New York, NY 10011 (646) 230-0713,

Kenneth Freeman, President The Park Slope Civic Council 357 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 783-1723, The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce Bob Kalb 123 7th Avenue, PMB 143, Brooklyn, New York 11215 Samantha Delman-Caserta, President, Park Slope/5th Avenue Merchants Association 172 Fifth Avenue, Box 124, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Eric Thompson, Dept. of Transportation Special Events, Banner Unit 40 Worth Street, Room 1215 New York, NY 10013, (212) 788-2109 Lynda & Jasmine and The Prospect Park Alliance NYC Parks & Recreation 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 965-8974, Nancy J. Melissas, City of New York Parks and & Recreation Litchfield Villa 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 965-6993, Sergeant Tracey Servello, LGBT Liaison Unit Office of the Chief of Community Affairs Bureau One Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038 (646) 235-1133 PO Jerry Galante, 78th Pct. Community Affairs Office

65 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, (718) 636-6410

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Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dori Sheilds, Casswood Insurance Agency, LTD Five Halfmoon Executive Park Clifton Park, NY 12065, (516) 373-8700 Matt Pintchik & Dale Garcia & The Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corp 453 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 398-4500 Michelle de la Uz Fifth Avenue Committee Inc. (FAC) 621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Doreen DeJesus Ambicionz Phone: (570) 309-6838 | Toll Free: (866) 802-7664

Volunteer Opportunities Is this the Job for You?

Volunteer opportunities with Brooklyn Pride can be just for fun, or they can look good on your resume.


Plan & staff events Merchandising Corporate Sponsorship Grant writing Obtain raffle prizes


Phone tree (expenses reimbursed) Staff BP table at events Recruit & place volunteers Lick-n-Stick bulk mailings (refreshments!) Distribute newsletters Update Mailing List


Work on our newsletter & Pride Guide Write press releases Produce graphic art for flyers, posters Develop media contacts Maintain our web page Ad sales


This is the biggest event of our year. There is plenty of work to do in the coming months to ensure a happy event. And there are unlimited ways to contribute on the date of the festival and night parade. We need you!


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ST REET B ANN ERS Crunch Fitness

Maria’s Bistro


Stalla Resturant


Union Distributers

Los Pollitos II

Front Runners


Babeland Brooklyn Aunt Suzie

Trattoria Mangia


Brenton Realty Ambicionz


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Ali Forney Center

Brooklyn Aids Task Force

Cheer NY

Dykes on BikeCycles En Guard FDNY FUZE

Gay Men of African Descent GMHC GOAL

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Kolot Chayeinu Synagogue

Marriage Equality Marty Markowitz

Sirens Motorcycle Club South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association (SALGA) Sugarland/ Metropolitan

Grand Marshall and Brooklyn Pride Floats: Courtesy of Ridge Towing


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Stage Hosts: Dred Stefon Royce

Blueberry High Heels

2009 Entertainment: (subject to change) Blueberry High Heels DJ KRAVe Boogie Dred Dy’Ari Graziella Janid Josh Zuckerman Kelly King Kraven Seneca Dance Company

Not since Violet Beauregard chewed Wonka’s Three Course Meal gum, have blueberries made this big a splash. “A female Bob Dylan”...”Punky cool”...”Rebel with some claws”...all describe the dynamic female-fronted rock & roll Lauren Ianuzzi trio Blueberry High Heels. An NYC band with a glam NYC Flaggers attitude, Blueberry High Heels Robert Anton has dug up post-punk NYC rock & roll and brought it back Sariah to life with their unique mix of Sister Funk energetic vocals, expressive Stefon Royce melodies and infectious, hard driving groove. Todd Alsup They are fronted by downVera Wylde town glam rocker Didi Delicious who brings her incenXavier Xman Paul diary, effervescent and often Xavier Raye frenzied blues/rock vocal style to a straight up NYC rock and roll band. The result is music that is a uniquely blues-based sound wrapped in a straight ahead rock groove filled with infectious poppy guitar and seasoned with vocal hooks that leave you wanting to press play again and again. Greg provides the no-nonsense drumming with a nod towards classic rock and pre-new wave NYC punk styles. Dylan plays guitar with a natural, fluid, and expressive style. Together they sing songs inspired by their own proto-glamorous lives in the hard-knock gritty city. Songs about life, love, loss, beauty, death and rising above it all.




DJ KRAVe BOOGIE is a New York City based DJ and remixer. He is the resident DJ for Kraven Seneca: Sound Design and currently creates all performance mixes for Kraven Seneca: Dance Company, and several independent recording artists including B-Dot, and Xavier-Raye. KRAVe BOOGIE's style is aggressive, detailed, and designed to entertain. His first mix tape, iMix Tape - Part One, is scheduled to be released in fall 2009.The project will cover several musical genres including hip-hop, pop, rock, reggae, and electronica. Visit for everything Kraven. You can also find KRAVe BOOGIE on MySpace


A gender bending extravaganza by world renown actress/drag KING DRED. Dred is one of the most sought after artists when it comes to gender bending acts. Dred uses spoken word, monologues, and characterizations such as P. Dddy and Shaft in her one woMa show. Through her performances she draws attention to how society domesticates us into our preconceived notions of sexuality, race, and gender. Her life, humanity, and spirituality, brings us a bit closer to recognizing and unlearning constraints, prejudices and stereotypes. The smooth-headed, internationally known Haitian-American, multi-spirited performance-artist, and gender-illusioning woman, Dred has been seen on HBO, MTV, Oxygen and one of the stars of the award-winning film "Venus Boyz." Using theatre, dance, humor, and cultural history, Dred plays with gender roles and social/racial stereotypes to inspire all audiences to think about race, gender, identites. Her shows are not just about imitating the "opposite" sex, they are about freedom of self-expression and crossing/breaking boundaries. She inspires people to honor and accept the differences in their selves, and each other. Dred's performance has been written about in books including The Drag King Book and Female Masculinity, and also has been published in the anthology Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater.

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(Pronounced Diary) The essence of emotion is only as evident as the person who expresses it. We all need a unique way to pour from our heart those things that are heavy on our mind, whether it's a blog, a video, a Hallmark card, or maybe this time, a Dy'Ari. Like it sounds, this Dy'Ari is a vault of stories, dreams, visions, and aspirations balanced with heartache, disappointment, pain, all intertwined with the strength of heart to rise above adversity. Every chapter, every page, every story, every lesson strikes a chord with this musical artist. Producers Miykal Snoddy (Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Jamie Foxx) and Lounge Lizzards (Lil Scrappy) are expanding the spectrum of popular music by uniting their production with the warm and energetic vocals that pulsate from the studies of Donnie Hathaway.With songs like The Colors of Me, a playful self-description of his many curiosities, to Human After All, a ballad anthem that professes to adversaries the knowledge of his value, Dy’Ari explores the stories of love of self and others in dramatic and bold ways. The Detroit, Michigan native’s path is directed by the memories of those things he had envisioned would always come to past. Destiny was never a stranger, so the music is merely the expressions of divine inspiration. Dy'Ari is the vessel of something bigger than music, than performance, than production. He is an author of the music of life. His life. His way. His words.


Home sweet home, where the music always lingered in the air. If it wasn't my parents entertaining us with their old Sicilian songs, it was my older brothers and their band either in the basement or in the garage playing their punk metal music. It took me in, and it will remain in my veins. My brothers played the guitar, bass, drums, and piano, and even as a child, I was twirling around making up my own songs. I would bring my composition notebook with me everywhere and just write… sit on the amp and sing the words on my page to my brother. I was the little girl with the DJ headphones on her head. I never thought of it professionally, but thought of it as a passion... Passion and creativity are what make me me. Having worked at Arista Records for several years, I had the opportunity to meet many artists and to see what goes on behind the scenes. Seeing many of these artists perform made me really

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realize that this is what I wanted to do. And now, when I put the headset on, the mic stands before me and reaches deep into my soul, grabbing the moment within me and taking my voice. It is the most fulfilling and happiest feeling I know. It brings me to my own place and embraces my soul. Every time I write and sing a song, I get inspired to create another. I have had the opportunity to work with three people who are very passionate about music. Lisa Nicole, and Pisidia and DJ Xtreame from 'Destination X'. Together we created magic on our first project - "Alive", which was released by RexHouse Music and hit #10 on the Hot Dance Club Billboard Charts, along with several other remixes by other producers including Tim Rex himself. If it wasn’t for Tim Rex discovering me, I would not be where I am today. A follow-up of “Beautiful” was created and now is in the works of promotion. I am honored to be be performing at Brooklyn Pride 2009…word is… more creativity is in the air!


Steadily rising to international superstardom, Electronica songstress Janid (jah-NEED) has been an amazing vocal talent from the first time she stepped into the music scene back in 2005. Her incredible voice and singing ability have appeared on projects with Frankie Cutlass, movie soundtracks, television and radio commercials and is the Spanish language voice on 1800-JETBLUE. Now with her third album, the New York based veteran singer-songwriter proves to be one of the few artists who consistently delivers a fresh sound with an optimistic perspective. She charms her audiences with infectiously catchy hooks and distinctively enchanting vocals, while remaining balanced in the reality and rawness of the female human emotion. Her magnetic persona and charisma captures the hearts of thousands of fans, critics and peers from around the globe as she continues to push the envelope, raise the bar and inspire. With her third CD Twisted, Janid unveils a new look, a new sound in what is being labeled as her best work to date. Produced once again by Kaydean,Twisted captures Janid’s new edgy persona and distinctive vocals and delivers an unexpected explosion of new, futuristic sounds, captivating melodies and remarkable lyrics. The title track Twisted brilliantly conveys Janid’s transformation describing herself as vicious, wicked and deranged while stating “this good girl has gone bad.” It debuted on Italian radio on March 10, 2009 and received rave reviews from fans, DJs and critics worldwide. Also on the CD is the loungy “Red Velvet Curtains,” in which Janid delivers a flawless, and vulnerably charming vocal performance as she describes her struggle to blend “with the rest of the phony crowd.” On the dark and experimental “Sacrilegious,” Janid combines Christianity with Paganism in a spellbinding Spanish track which really shows Janid’s range of vocal stylings.


F E S T I V A L Once again, Janid reveals herself to be a fearless chameleon, displaying multiple personalities and moods from the beginning to the end of this continuous-play album that’s sure to continue her ascent into stardom.

Josh Zuckerman

Openly out recording artist Josh Zuckerman is not your typical rock star. While exemplifying the perfect star quality, he continues to carry a message about being true to one's self. He has released two CDs (Out From Under, A Totally New Sensation) to great reviews. His latest CD Got Love? will be released in July 2009. Having toured more than 20 different countries including the United States, Bermuda, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Japan, as well as Thailand, Josh continues to spread his music across the globe. Josh is a regular on Atlantis Cruise Lines performing for gay men across the world. He has also performed at over 50 pride festivals across the US. Josh's music has been selling across the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as clips of his songs “Karma,” “Spiritual” and “Circle of Friends” appeared on the Kathy Griffin's reality show My Life On The D-List on Bravo. His songs “Out From Under” and “Something Inside” were the number one most requested song on Sirius Out Q for four weeks in a row and the videos have consistently been seen on Logo TV's The Click List and New Now Next as well as his video “Be Real.” All three videos were the number one most requested video on Logo's The Click List. His animated video for his song “Another Reason” was released in May of 2008 and ranked for 6 weeks on the charts. Josh's new album, Got Love? will be released July of 2009.Two videos are already in the works for the singles “Got Love” and “Take.” The video for "Got Love" is slotted to air on Logo in mid June 2009. Josh has integrated his world life experiences to a fresh music style that is ready to explode the alternative pop markets. He has performed alongside such notables as RuPaul, Macy Gray, The Indigo Girls, Jai Rodriguez, EnVogue, Sophie B. Hawkins and many more. Josh's motto is: "Be who you are, it's all about love..."

Kelly King

“Watch out for hot new artist, Kelly King!” – Ryan Seacrest, E! News. Soul Southern-tinged Pop Artist KELLY KING defines the new model of the independent music industry, driving her own way to the top with her 5 1/2-octave range, fierce determination and powerhouse live performance. Billboard Magazine praises Kelly saying, “It is



time to crown the next King!” Set to release her upcoming EP during Spring of 09, this Atlanta-born / Nashville-raised diva plans to feature her new single “I’m A Fool” with remixes for the dance clubs along with two other brand new songs from her upcoming sophomore album (yet to be titled). This album is the follow up to “Live The Dream” which garnered a Billboard AC Chart Hit “I Don’t Wanna Sing That Song.” This made national news as one major feat for any independent artist. Since then, Kelly has opened for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Michael Bolton and toured Pride Festivals in both the US and Europe with Out Pop Star Ari Gold. Kelly credits much of her success to the LGBT Community, being nurtured by friends in NYC while making a name for herself performing at all clubs in the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Kelly remains a major supporter of Human Rights, recently performing for the HRC’s Gala Dinner in Dallas, TX. . For more information, contact For media and booking opportunities, please contact Rich Overton at RJO Artist Relations & Management at 917-539-1819 or

Kraven Seneca Dance Company

Over the last 5 years Kraven Seneca: Dance Company has cemented a reputation of dance performance excellence. Their intensely physical fusion of Hiphop, Jazz,Thrash, Modern, African, and Experimental movement has pushed them to the forefront of the dance artist revolution. To blend dance, showmanship, storytelling, and pop culture is no small feat, but Kraven Seneca: The Company makes it look flawless. Their stage shows and choreographic work has garnered lots of admiration from their peers and predecessors. The Company was founded by New York based dancer, choreographer, and actor Amin Jai as a vehicle to purely express his artistic endeavors. The Company has prodComapuced four successful dance concerts including The Sweetest Taboos (2000), Crave (2002), The Movement Revolution (2004), and Sweat (2006). Riding on the success of the latter Kraven Seneca: The Company is currently producing a follow up to Sweat aptly titled Sweat2: Next Level. Slated to debut in September 2009 Sweat2: Next Level promises to deliver the relevance of current trends while maintaining the core artistic values that Kraven Seneca:The Company was founded on. Using musical influences that range from hip-hop to rock to pop to soul to reggae to gospel and several other genres this show will take Kraven Seneca: The Company to even greater heights.

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Lauren Ianuzzi


Lauren Ianuzzi ain't just a pintsized Jersey girl with thick brown curls, a pearly-white smile and sparkling enthusiasm. She ain't girlie girl vanilla either.The Bergen County-bred songstress boasts a hustler-like spirit with the vocal chops to match, and there's no mistaking her tenacity as she madly croons, "I will turn up the heat" in the sultry funk flavors of "Sweat," one of the many self-penned tunes by the twenty-twoyear-old Ianuzzi. She's been tellin' it like it is for a long time now. It's now the world's turn to catch up and turn an ear. From the funkalicious pop-soul of "A Funk I Won't Forget" to the slinky R&B grooves of "Strawberry Poison" and "Love You Now," it's quite clear what Ianuzzi's heart and soul is soaked in. She professes to have been a "reserved tween," yet her vibrant personality blossomed once more upon high school. "I was totally that kid!" exclaims Ianuzzi. "I was a band nerd and I was in all the choirs. I was in every single music thing I could possibly be in and more." She's previously co-written songs with songwriters such as Jeff Franzel (*NSYNC,Taylor Dayne), Martin Briley (Celine Dion), and Elisa Korenne (Super Sweet Sixteen), while also having recorded with producers such as Adrian Gurvitz (Sheryl Crow, CeCe Winans), Jim Beanz and Charlie Brown (Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado), the Noize Trip team (Fergie, The Roots), and Visionary Music Group (Destiny's Child, Elton John). In January 2008, Ianuzzi opened for Train frontman Pat Monahan and Grammy-nominated songwriter Emily King at the Sundance Film Festival. She also performed at the 25th anniversary gala for the Operation Smile charity in Virginia Beach, VA, where she opened for the Beach Boys with her original song, "Show Me That Smile." Ianuzzi is currently putting the finishing touches on her first EP. Shake up a little of Nikka Costa's sexy brashness with the smooth soul of Prince and Jill Scott, and add a dash of Carole King – Lauren Ianuzzi will sate you. You ready to meet this Jersey Girl?

NYC Flaggers

We are NYC Flaggers! We are an innovative, cutting edge flagging community based out of New York City.We are not a flagging troupe.We are a community of flagger's, fanners, poi spinners, performance artists, dancers, singers, 9-5 professionals, who celebrate in the art form of flag dancing. We are a flagging community where diversity and innovation create magic when we flow. NYC Flaggers has a wide range of ages, cultures, flagging styles and talents that harmonize and materialize on dance floors, parks, parades, television… where ever a touch of flagging magic is required.

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Robert Anton

Robert Anton is a singer/songwriter/actor and has been “singing since he was a thought”, or so his grandmother would tell you; and she should know. He grew up singing with choirs, quartets, and soloists at the pentecostal church where his grandma was the pastor. Not only did this instill in him a deep spiritual love of music and performing, it also gave him the courage to find his true calling at an early age. By the time Robert was a pre-teen, he knew he wanted to sing for his supper. Consequently he went on to study music at the Cleveland School of Arts and Baldwin-Wallace College; then he moved to Chicago and finally New York City to pursue his dream. Once in New York, Robert quickly began performing in any venue available and landed his first big tour doing his favorite show, “Dreamgirls” with Miki Howard and other noted performers. Since then he has toured and performed in over 10 countries and 150 cities in various shows and with headlining performers like Miki, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Altrina Grayson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Corey Reynolds, Lisa Nicole-Carson, and more. Robert was also seen as a finalist on ‘It’s Showtime At the Apollo’ with Steve Harvey. Currently Robert is promoting and celebrating his own releases through his company, playAnton productions. He’s released 3 CDs of original songs and has been performing and selling that material throughout the tri-state area and, internationally, via the internet. Robert also has current and pending songs on several compilation CDs in Germany, France, and South Africa. You can hear Robert on college and internet radio stations including Qnation fm,WBAI,WNYC,WUSC, and more.You can also see Robert any day/any time at He posts many of his performances and does a video log about the music business and anything that comes to mind. For up-to-date info on performances and happenings, check out “I feel so blessed to be able to Follow My Dreams.”


Sariah, the Brookline, Massachusetts native weaves sweet melodies and artistic creativity throughout the east coast with marked talents as a Pop and R&B vocalist, dancer, pianist and songwriter. Thrilling audiences and receiving rave reviews, she was handpicked to dance in popular music videos, perform with dance troupes in Boston and NY and joined a well established


F E S T I V A L hip hop group called EnMotion. Sariah is a versatile performer with a powerful voice. She captures audiences with her jazzy style and has them grooving to her Pop and R&B flavor punctuated with distinctive range and dance moves. Early on she studied musical theatre until discovering the pop/gospel technique of the Bristol Method with veteran vocal coach Brent Barlow at Bristol Voice Studios. Witnessing her transition from theatre to modern vocals, Brent declares,“Sariah is an awesome, super talented singer, dancer, and performer.” She is currently studying voice with Dana Calitri in New York, who is an incredible vocalist and songwriter and dance with the outstanding Grammy nominated choreographer BT. Her passion and popularity as an entertainer continues to grow. She has created a sexy, powerful and entertaining show of high impact dance and sensational vocals. Sariah’s vibrant personality, positive attitude and outstanding performance form a knockout show that invariably inspires and exhilarates audiences. SARIAHMUSICNOW.COM Contact Sariah:

Sister Funk

Sister Funk, the nation's hottest allfemale band brings a high energy, entertaining stage show to a growing national following. For the past 6 years, Sister Funk has been headlining concert arenas, clubs and music festivals playing tracks off of their 3 independent CD releases: Pursuit of the Groove (c) 2001, Girl (c) 2003 & Gossip (c) 2006. Sister Funks music is best described as commercial pop/rock, similar in sound & style to artists like Pink & Maroon Five. Gone a track off their latest CD release Gossip, has been featured on Sirius Out Qs Hot Top 20 Charts for 15 consecutive weeks, reaching #2. Gossip was also voted the #4 CD on Out voices Top 40 CDs of 2006. Sister Funk's music is also featured in many independent films and on television: "A Word From Our Sponsor", "Becoming Donna", Montville Fair commercial and "Brining Golfing Back To Dinah Shore" which features a cameo appearance of SISTER FUNK along side Michelle Balan of Last Comic Standing and Poppy Chaplin, incredible female comedian. Sister Funk's long list of credits and accolades include: 1st Place Winners in the 2007 Emergenza Music Festival, in 2006 became a featured artist on the Olivia Cruise roster, winners of the 2005 Hartford Advocates Best Pop Band, Best Bassist, Best Guitarist, Best Horn Player & Best Drummer, in 2004 voted Favorite Out Band by National Stonewall Society, in 2003 Crucify was nomination for Best OUT Song by Out Music NYC and in 2003 listed as One of the Top 12 Artists on the Rise by GONYC Magazine. Sister Funk is the MUSIC of the FUTURE; come see history in the making!



Stefan Royce HOST

Stefon Royce is a native of New York born and raised in Jamaica Queens. Stefon started his drag king career at amateur drag king contest in Brooklyn at club called Catty Shack. Shortly after, he begin to take New York City by storm, appearing at noted clubs and bars such as Escuelita,The Monster, Alibi Lounge , Suite Lounge, Club Atlantis, Lover Girl and the Starlite Lounge just to name a few. No stranger to broadening his horizons, Stefon moved on to clubs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Atlanta and Virginia where he delighted gay and straight audiences alike. Stefon has also been a fierce competitor in the highly competitive ballroom and pageant scene. He currently walks Butch Body and Sex Siren for the House of Legacy International. His pageant conquests include being the reigning Mr. Hampton Roads Nubian King for Virginia as well as the emeritus for the Mr. Bold and Beautiful International Studd Pageant in New Orleans and the Mr. Illusions New Jersey International Male Pageant. Stefon thoroughly enjoys what he does and can be seen in a New York Film Academy documentary entitled “Fake It until You Make It” and in an soon to be released book by Jeanetta Baines which features the top 100 drag kings and queens across America aptly titled “ We Will Always Be Our Mother and Father’s Children”. If you are still not convinced of this young man’s quest for stardom, read more about him in the January 2009 edition of Studs Magazine or catch in the upcoming independent movie “After Party Babies” about the club scene in NYC. In closing, Stefon is just an email away from performing you. Stay in contact and he may be in a town near you real soon. He is full of surprises and you never know what to expect from this gifted young man. You can reach him on myspace at

Todd Aslup

Singer/Songwriter/Pianist Todd Alsup is a welcome throwback to classic songwriting and showmanship- an exciting artist who can consistently rock a crowd with astonishing vocals and honest songs bursting with groove and personality. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit,Todd was attracted to the classic sounds of '60s soul and '70s pop at an early age. "I remember discovering my parents' record collection - The Beatles, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel," he says. "I spent hours and hours wearing down their vinyl, simply captivated. I fell in love with artists like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin

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F E S T I V A L who could deliver a melody and lyric like no one else. Storytellers and soul singers- those were my idols." "Alsup's buoyant attitude and bright, high-energy music could hit a home run with new, young fans. With a style on par with Gavin DeGraw or OneRepublic, Alsup's music could find a place on the radio with any number of pop-oriented stations." - Billboard Magazine "Giddy piano pop, old-school soul and free-spirited songs... an earnest if unlikely divide between Ben Folds and John Legend. He's too talented to be gauged by comparisons." -Performing Songwriter "Ear-bending hooks that will control you for days." -Stereo Subversion

Vera Wylde

Vera Wylde grew up in Vermont and came into her own in her college years. She got her start on the stage in Boston on a whim and a little luck. Since moving to New York Vera has performed all around the city in Manhattan and Brooklyn in all manner of variety, drag and burlesque shows. She has strived to carve her own niche in the drag world infusing rock and roll energy and aspects of traditional burlesque into her performances. Vera has been fortunate enough to be surrounded by accepting and supportive people throughout her journey and she does what she can to see that others find similar acceptance whenever possible. She's currently a queen amongst kings as the sole drag queen member of Brooklyn's own Switch N Play. Vera also produces and hosts Drags and Dolls Burlesque which after a hiatus is returning at The City as Broadway Comedy Club starting July 12th and continuing through the 2nd Sunday of each month for as long as the venue will put up with her.

Xavier Xman Paul

Xavier Paul teaches the art of voiceovers/speech training/ accent reduction at his fully equipped broadcast studio. To learn more, go online and visit: Xavier’s most recent credits include: new on air promo announcer for the NBA,Narrator for History Channel's UFO Files, Characters on the popular video game series, "Grand Theft Auto" (San Andreas, IV, Vice City), also new characters on the animated series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" National Network T.V. spots for Zocor(Heart Medication) featuring American football coach Dan Reeves, Gatorade(Featuring Michael

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Jordan), Burger King(featuring the Harlem Globetrotters),Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs Cereal, Colt 45 Malt Liquor, Foot Locker, Pepsi. For booking inquiries, email Josh Morganstein at: JOSHTALENT@AOL.COM

Xavier Raye

Who is Xavier-Raye? One Word-Entertainment. Born on June 1st, in the small town of Houston, Delaware, Xavier always knew music was in his blood. Always aware of his talents, Xavier-Raye maintained the traditions of a natural star from shower operas, to mirror serenades, and the ever used performing for family and friends. Needless to say, he had the gift early. Drawing on diverse influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson, from Patti to Marvin, Xavier performs with the same ferocity as he did as a youth maintaining his love for entertaining. One of his best attributes is his live performance, not limited to his strong, intricate choreography and charming lyrics that makes the crowd scream out and sing along to songs they may have heard just minutes before. And you cannot have a great live show without the main ingredients-talented singer and hot songs-both of which Xavier brings to the stage. Xavier sings about real life issues of love, and relationships from being in the club to regret.The sexy, energetic, and up-beat sounds of “iCandy” is the first single being release off his debut album "Formal Introduction". Xavier-Raye is currently kicking off his US Promotional tour here in New York City. Xavier-Raye's music has a maturity that appeals to an older demographic while maintaining its core fan base in young America. With naturally good looks, this entertainer with additional interest in clothing design and acting is on a great path. Talented and blessed by God, Xavier-Raye is a rising star headed straight to the top. Are you ready to be introduced to Xavier Raye?



Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Brooklyn College Plaza Bldg, 1404 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11210 718-951-4234 Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Alliance of Kingsborough Community College 2001 Oriental Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11235 GLBs at Pratt 200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205 718-636-3422

LEGALS (Brooklyn Law School Lesbian & Gay Alliance for Law Students) 250 Joralemon St Brooklyn, NY 11201 Women’s Center of Brooklyn College 227 New Ingersoll Hall Brooklyn, NY 11210 718-951-5777


The Audre Lorde Project 85 So Oxford St, 3rd Fl Brooklyn NY 11217 718-596-0342 Bi Perspective-NY Area Bisexual Network Meets 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3:00 p.m. at the center 212-459-4784 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) 421 5th Avenue at 8th Street Brooklyn NY 11215 718-832-0018 The Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-222-4111 Caribbean Lesbian & Gay Alliance c/o Audre Lorde Project 85 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217


The Gay & Lesbian Arab Society c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of NY P.O. Box 1608 Old Chelsea Sta New York, NY 10113 212-802-RICE (7423) Gays & Lesbians of Bushwick Empowered (GLOBE) 301 Grove Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-418-7690 Gays & Lesbians of Williamsburg (GLOW) 139 N 10th St Brooklyn NY 11211 718-782-3105 Greek Gay & Lesbian Association 6817 4th Ave #150 Brooklyn, NY 11220 212-255-6860 Las Buenas Amigas Lesbianas Latinas en NY c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-614-2948 Latino Gay Men of New York 85 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 Latinos & Latinas de Ambiente — NY (LLANY) c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-614-2945 Lavender & Green Alliance 4121 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11232 718-436-5756 Lesbian & Gay Natural History Group of NY 80 Garfield Pl Brooklyn NY 11215 718-965-0013 Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps 332 Bleecker St K48 New York, NY 10014 800 222-2786

Lesbian Herstory Education Foundation 391 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 Lesbian Herstory Archives P.O. Box 1258, New York, NY 10116 718-768-3953 The Lesbian, Gay, Bisextual, Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620 7310 Men of All Colors Together–NY (MACT/NY) P.O. Box 907 Ansonia Sta. New York, NY 10023 212-330-7678

People of Color in Crisis, Inc. 468 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-230-0770 South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) P.O. Box 1491, Old Chelsea Sta New York, NY 10113 212-358-5132 Shades of Lavender 470 Bergen St Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-783-0883 Sing Out! Brooklyn 224 W 132nd St #2 New York, NY 10027 718-783-0883 Sistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance, Harmony (SISTAH) 208 West 13th Street 212-479-7886 Sirens Motorcycle Club 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011 212-749-6177 Twenty Something c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 U-MEN Entertainment P.O. Box 20644 New York, NY 10129 718-346-3589

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Women of Color Group of Brooklyn’s Women’s Martial Arts 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-788-1775


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South Brooklyn Legal Services HIV Project 105 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-237-5500


Dyke TV P.O. Box 170-163 Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-230-4770 Gay City News Gay Wired GO NYC HX Magazine Metrosource Magazine NEXT Magazine The NY Blade



ACT-UP New York 332 Bleecker St, Suite G5 New York, NY 10014 212-966-4873 American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights Project 125 Broad St, 18th floor New York, NY 10004 212-549-2627 Amnesty International USA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amnesty Members for Lesbian & Gay Concerns 322 8th Ave New York, NY 10001 212-807-8400 Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) 647 Hudson St. New York, NY 10014 GLBT Political Coalition 1760 Lexington Ave, suite 10F New York, NY 10029 212-889-4262 Lambda Independent Democrats (LID) P.O. Box 150614 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-361-3322 Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500 New York, NY 10005-3904 212-809-8585 Log Cabin Republicans of New York 127 4th Ave., Apt Ph New York, NY 10003 212-886-1893 Marriage Equality of New York P.O. Box 121 Old Chelsea Station, NY 10113-0121 212-627-0305 New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) 240 West 35th Street Ste 200 New York, NY 10001 212-714-1141


STONEWALL Veterans Association 70-A Greenwich Ave., Suite 120 New York, NY 10011 212-627-1969

Village Playwrights % Bob Zolnerzak 167 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-522-0591



Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) P.O. Box 2038, Canal St Station New York, NY 10013 212-NY1-GOAL (212-691-4625) GLBT Vets NY (Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of Greater New York) 346 Broadway, wuite 803 New York, NY 10013 Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network P.O. Box 551, Cathedral Station New York, NY 10025 212-749-6866 Globe of Bell Atlantic 1095 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036-6797 800-232-0069 ext. 6887 Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press P.O. Box 40-4920 Brooklyn, NY 11240 Out Professionals c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-462-9255 www.outprofessionals,org New York Cyberqueers (NYCQ) c/o The Center, 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 718-522-6553 Outmusic P.O. Box 1575 New York, NY 10013-1575 212-330-9197 Pride At Work New York P.O. Box 20900, Thompson Square Station New York, NY 10009 718-596-5372 Stonewall Business Association P.O. Box 387 New York, NY 10028 212-439-1010

Front Runners New York P.O. Box 230087, Ansonia Station New York, NY 10023 212-724-9700 On The Move / Women In Biking 400 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-4998


GRIOT Circle 25 Flabush Avenue, 5th flr Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-246-2775 Pride Senior Network 356 W 18th St New York, NY 10011 212-271-7288 Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) 305 7th Ave, 16th flr New York, NY 10001 212-741-2247


Affirmation NYC (Mormon) P.O. Box 40-2038 Brooklyn, NY 11240 (212) 853 9434 Brooklyn Brownstone Jewish Coalition 247 Garfield Place Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-832-6230 Brooklyn Heights Synagogue 131 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Dignity P.O. Box 021313 Brooklyn, NY 11202 212-627-6488, ext. 4 First Unitarian Church Of Brooklyn Gay Straight Alliance 50 Monroe Place Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-624-5466 Integrity / New York (Episcopalian) P.O. Box 20067 New York, NY 10011 212-691-7181 Lutherans Concerned St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church 283 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-0528 Metropolitan Community Church 446 West 36th St New York, NY 10018 212-629-7440

Park Slope United Methodist Church 8th St & 6th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-3093 Radical Faeries P.O. Box 150296 Brooklyn, NY 11215 212-679-2729 Unity Fellowship Church Of Christ 2578 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207 718-385-2406


Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender Youth of NY (BIGLTNY) c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310 Hetrick-Martin Institute 2 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003 212-674-2400, 212-674-8695 TTY Youth Enrichment Services (YES) c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-620-7310


Imperial Court of New York 208 W 13th St. New York, NY 10011 212-475-0838 Transgender Rights c/o The Center, 208 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 212-979-8547


accounting services

Ellis Delvalle . . . . . . . . . . . . . activism / pride organizations

Kid Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Mickey Z. Heller . . . . . . . . .

clubs / bars

Excelsior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ginger's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sugarland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Belleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Metropolitan . . . . . . . . . . . . design services

Ambicionz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rori Baldari . . . . . . . . . . . . . dignitaries

Marty Markowitz,

Bkln Boro Pres . . . . . . . . . .

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Just Me Productions . . . . . .

Gellman Productions . . . . . .



Assemblyman Hakeem

Jeffries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

religious organizations

Aunt Suzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Park Slope United

Belleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Union Temple . . . . . . . . . . . .

FUZE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Grecian Corner . . . . . . . . . .

Los Pollitos II . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro Mexicano . . .

Stella Restaurant . . . . . . . . . marketing

Clearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

GLBT Expo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; RDP . . . . . . . media

HX Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . pets

Hope Veterinary Clinic . . . .

Methodist Church . . . . .

sports & sports apparel

Crunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

support groups

Lesbian Cancer Initiative . . . wines & spirits

Budweiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover

Fermented Grapes . . . . . . .

Front Runners has been an active running and cycling club for gays, lesbians, and LGBTfriendly athletes for 30 years. We are affiliated with New York Road Runners and run as a club in the many races sponsored by NYRR throughout the five boroughs. Additionally, many of our members are active triathletes and cyclists who participate in triathlons and duathlons throughout the metro area and across the country. We encourage runners and cyclists of all abilities to join the club and experience the vast social, fitness, and training benefits of membership. 35

2009 Pride Guide  

Annual publication for Pride Festival.

2009 Pride Guide  

Annual publication for Pride Festival.