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Central Alabama PRIDEfest 2013 www.centralalabamapride.org


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Welcome to the 8 Days of Pride On behalf of the Central Alabama Pride, Inc Board of Directors, I welcome you to the 35th annual Pride celebration for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities of Central Alabama and surrounding areas. Our theme this year is “Committed To Love” 35 Years and we hope we have scheduled “8 days of Pride” where you can find a place where you fit in to each of those celebrations. Our 3013 Motto “KEEP CALM AND SHOW PRIDE” this year I think represents that if the GLBTQ Community KEEPS CALM and stays united and continues to SHOW PRIDE oneone-day Alabama will join the other states that have recognized equal rights for our community. In 2004 the first and only one state legalized marriage of same sex partners it was for years later before the country had state number 2 and as of May 21st 2013 there are now twelve states recognizing equal rights for our community. The battle for equality is certainly not yet won, and I am sure there will be many more setbacks along the way, but I feel certain that in the near future that there will be “a place for us”. In the past four years working with Central Alabama Pride two years as a volunteer and two years as board member we have seen some progress. Our web site has been a valuable resource for the community and across the states access to a counselor and other GLBTQ friendly business establishments. We now have access at no cost to Vertical Response to send out news letters and event notifications. We need you to go to the website and signup. “Junior Board”, “Stuff the Bus - Community Fundraiser for school supplies and uniforms” “2013 PrideFest Food Drive for BAO food pantry” and other community projects are in the planning stages. I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the board for their had work and dedication. The board members give of their time and resources all year long to accomplish the goals and mission of Central Alabama Pride. We would not be able to put on Pride Week every year if it weren’t for all of our volunteers. I would like to thank them as well. Last and certainly not the least I would like to thank our Pride Partners and sponsors who through their generosity year after year allow us to serve our community. I am very proud and blessed to be a part of such a great community. I hope you will take part in all of activities and join me as we celebrate Pride Week. I would like to encourage anyone who would like to be a part of Central Alabama Pride, Inc. as a Board Member, Junior Board Member, or as a Volunteer to do so . Dennis R Garner President Central Alabama Pride, Inc.


2013 Pride Title Holders


2013 Pride Title Holders


Central Alabama Pride, Inc. Our Mission: The specific objectives and purposes of Central Alabama Pride, Inc. shall be to promote pride within and understanding between Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities and all other communities in central Alabama through education, public forums and organized social and recreational activities.

Board of Directors Dennis Garner - President

Don Mills - Treasurer Event Chair

Brittney Barnett

Chrystina Black - Secretary

Joshua Glenn

Heather Culwell

Rebecca Burns

Jen House

Junior Board

Heith Battles Advisory Committee

Kyle Pugh

Renee McCullers

Junior Board

Junior Board

Gil Mobley Advisory Committee


The Central Alabama Pride,Inc Board of Directors would like to express it’s sincere appreciation and gratitude to

Ken W. Doss for his past and continuing support of our LGBT community and Central Alabama Pride

Thank You Ken!


Support, Education, Advocacy PFLAG Birmingham peer-to-peer support meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm 4300 Hampton Heights Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-591-0528 pflag_bham@yahoo.com www.pflagham.org

EVERYONE WELCOME

EVERYONE WELCOME


“Back then, who knew it could get better?” It can be hard to be young, but thanks to great organizations like GLSEN, the It Gets Better Project, Point Foundation, Teach For America, and The Trevor Project, we’re all working together to bring help and hope to all young people. Let’s keep making it better. Learn more about Wells Fargo’s commitment to the LGBT community at wellsfargo.‌com/‌lgbt. H A P P Y P R I D E F R O M W E L L S FA R G O A N D O U R C O M M U N I T Y A L L I A N C E S

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It can be hard to be young, but thanks to great organizations like GLSEN, the It Gets Better Project, Point Foundation, Teach For America, and The Trevor Project, we’re all working together to bring help and hope to all young people. Let’s keep making it better. Learn more about Wells Fargo’s commitment to the LGBT community at wellsfargo.‌com/‌lgbt. H A P P Y P R I D E F R O M W E L L S FA R G O A N D O U R C O M M U N I T Y A L L I A N C E S

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2013 Annual Pride Parade 5 Points South, Birmingham Highland Avenue & 19th Street South to 20th Street to 7th Ave South & 24th Street South

Parade Line - Up at 6:00 pm

Step Off at 8:30 pm

The annual Mardi Gras style parade is back again this year, winding through Birmingham’s 5-Points South area. The night time parade has continued to grow in attendance. Those Organizations / Groups who wish to participate are encouraged to Pre-Register, by completing the Organization / Group Pride Parade Registration Form, found at http:// centralalabamapride.org. There is a nominal fee for all motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, floats, motorcycles, etc.) as well as for organizations walking in the parade as a single unit. The official Organization / Group registration tent will be located on Highland Avenue, directly across from Temple Bethel and next to the Alamerica Bank Building.

Important Note: All Participants must have a completed, signed Individual Pride Parade Registration Form on file with Central Alabama Pride, Inc. before you can participate. These forms are available on our web site. All participants are required to report to the Individual Registration tent. At registration you will be provided a wristband to wear which must be worn during the parade.

Parade End 24th Street South


2013 Pride Parade Grand Marshal Libertee Belle This year’s Grand Marshal is probably one of the Most Loved, Most Hated and Most Misunderstood individuals to ever grace a city’s LGBT Community! Libertee Belle was born Ronald Simoneau (in a year that she will not reveal) in Nashua, New Hampshire and spent a great part of his childhood in Blackpool, England being schooled by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. At the age of 12 Ronnie moved back to Nashua to settle with his Grandparents. Ronnie began dabbling in Drag while still in High School and can entertain you with non-stop stories of his early years (get him to tell you the one about Chrysanthemum). After finishing High School he served 6 years in the US Navy. After leaving the Navy, he studied Journalism at Portland State University where he was living as a woman under the name Ramona Simmons. After earning his BA he wrote for “the Northwest Fountain” a Gay Newspaper in Portland and performed Dahl and Penney’s Show Lounge. She graced the cities of San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, and New Orleans under various names before settling in Birmingham. The restaurant Industry brought him to Birmingham in 1985 to manage the Steak & Egg Kitchen, also known as the “Fag & Drag” (now the Purple Onion) on Southside. After seeing an article in the Birmingham News about the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, he chose to use it as his nom-de-plume to write a gossip column for the Alabama Forum. He entertained and informed with columns such as “Under the Barstool” and countless news stories under the names R.M Simoneau and Sean Robert Michaels for many years. Libertee also found a platform for her political views by becoming a local celebrity on the morning call-in shows on local radio, challenging the likes of Russ and Dee Fine, Matt Murphy and even Paul Finebaum. Libertee even made an unsuccessful run for City Council. Libertee has appeared one the stage of just about every Gay Bar that has existed since her arrival in this city. Wherever she called her “bar home” she has worked tirelessly year after year to raise money for Pride. In 1989, when Birmingham held its First Gay Pride Parade, Libertee was the only Drag Queen to participate. Fearing any hostile incident, the Police Department placed Libertee at the end of the Parade for her “safety”. In every Parade since, Libertee has brought up the rear of the Parade as she will as Grand Marshal. When Central Alabama Pride was formed in 1989, Libertee was a founding board member and her name (well… Ronald Simoneau) appears on our incorporation and our by-laws. To our knowledge, Libertee is the only person who has participated in every Pride Parade and to celebrate her 25th we can think of no one in this city more deserving of the title of Grand Marshal!


2013 PRIDEfest Entertainer Chad Michaels Out and proud Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, the Nation's #1 Cher impersonator, Finalist on RuPaul's Drag Race, and Professor from RuPaul's TV show. In September 2012, Chad joined the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars which pits the best Drag Queens in the business against each other. Needless to say, Chad rose to the top and became the winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize, and was the first person to be inducted into the "Drag Queen Hall of Fame"! In 2013 you can catch Chad as part of the Absolut ad campaign and performing everywhere, adding the amazing new song by the one and only CHER, “A Woman’s World”, to his newest show. Chad Michaels has dedicated 20 years to the exciting art of Celebrity Impersonation. Most notably, Chad’s tribute to Cher has earned him international acclaim and granted him the opportunity to collaborate with, and entertain for, industry favorites including David Foster, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Tori Spelling, Perez Hilton, and even the Diva herself, Cher. Chad’s career profile includes a two year engagement with the Las Vegas production of Norbert Aleman’s “An Evening at La Cage” and tours of the UK and South America. Television credits include The Cher E! True Hollywood Story, The Cher A&E Biography, MAD TV, Tori and Dean – Inn Love, Women’s Murder Club, and Comedy Central’s Gene Simmons Celebrity Roast. Chad continues to be in demand on the national night club and corporate circuit by delivering fresh and exciting re-creations to clients and audiences alike. Chad Michaels is a seasoned performer who hopes to leave you uplifted, entertained, and always wanting more! Chad lives in San Diego, CA, with his partner, Adam


2013 PRIDEfest - Main Stage Schedule 12:45 1:00 2:00

Iron Pride Band DieSel Mayoral Proclamation

2:05 2:10 2:15 2:45 3:15 3:30 3:45

Introduction of Local Officials Introduction of Parade Grand Marshall - Libertee Belle Covenant Community Church Magic City Choral Society BAO, AIDS Alabama, 1917 Clinic Pride Idol Winner Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Recognition of the Sisters Performances by Mr. MCS, Zavier Travez and Miss MCS, Tony Andrea Campbell

4:00

Mystic Krewe of Caritas Recognition of King and Queen V Performances by Mr. Caritas, Zane St. James & Miss Caritas, Chanel Cartier

4:15

Mystic Krewe of the Druid Recognition of King and Queen XX Performances by Mr. Druid, Deshaun Trulove & Miss Druid, Victoria Taylor

4:30

Mystic Krewe of Apollo Recognition of King and Queen XXXVII Performances by Mr. Birmingham Charlie Chaplin & Miss Birmingham & National Apollo, Cierra Symone Campbell

4:45 5:35 5:45 6:05 6:25 6:35

Lauren– Michael Sellers Introduction - Board of Directors of Central Alabama Pride, Inc. The Cast of Our Place Leather and Lace Libertee Belle - Miss Gay Pride 1989 Stand-Up Comedy with ken Partridge Jr. and Guests

7:00 7:20 7:40 8:00 9:00 9:15

The Quest Angels Birmingham Bombshells Al’s Dream Cast Sudden Impact Pridefest Headliner - Chad Michaels Ms. Her Gay Pride

9:20 9:25 9:30 9:55

Mr. Gay Pride Ms. Gay Pride Pridefest Headliner - Chad Michaels Goodnight


Central Alabama Pride, Inc. Presents

8 Days of Pride Sunday Family June 2nd Sunday

Family Picnic In The Park Rushton Park

1:00 pm

June 2nd

Pride Title Holder’s Reunion Benefit Show

Monday

Pride Sponsors BAO Bingo

June 3rd

Tuesday June 4th

7:00 p

Wednesday June 5th

Al’s on Seventh 9:00 pm

205 32nd Street South

Pride Skate

Skate 280

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission Free - Donations Welcomed

PFLAG Birmingham & Equality Alabama presents “Must Come Down” - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

Wednesday June 5th Thursday June 6th

Thursday June 6th

Friday June 7th

Friday June 7th

Saturday June 8th Sunday June 9th

7:00 pm

Pride IDOL

Tickets - $15.00 - $50.00

- 10:00 pm - Al’s on Seventh

Town Hall Meeting with Representative Patricia Todd Covenant Community Church

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pride Cosmic Bowling

Brunswick Riverview Lanes 9:00 pm - midnight Admission - $8.00 (includes shoes)

Pride VIP Party 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Parthenon - 1st Avenue North (Ticket Holders Only)

Covenant Community Church Pride Dance 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission Free

Mardi Gras Style Pride Parade

PRIDEfest 2013

5pts South

Sloss Furnace Gates Open at 12:30 pm

8:30 pm

BAO Food Drive


2103 Pride Guide