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Welcome from the director acoustic rock and piano pop. Welcome to the 2011 Mid-Missouri PrideFest! We’re thrilled to have both Goss and On behalf of the entire Osborne this year in Mid-Missouri PrideFest addition to our great planning committee, local artists and events thank you for attending. such as Pride Idol, We’re thrilled you’re taking part of this year’s Gayest Dog Contest and festival. performances from the This year marks the winners of our very own second year for PrideFest Pride Pageant. being held downtown, a As always, we owe move that has given us increased visibility and a huge thanks to our space for our great day community supporters, of events. whose generous We’re also pleased contributions make it to welcome Bengals possible for us to offer Bar and Grill as our presenting sponsor. This this great day at no cost. great local business is It’s important to keep DOUG STONE not only playing host to all of these businesses Mid-Missouri our event but has also PrideFest and organizations in played a key role in the Director mind when considering planning of the event. A new addition this where to do business – year is bringing two and thank them for their willingness to nationally-known musicians to our support our community. stage. As always, we welcome any of your Tom Goss, a nationally-know questions, comments and suggestions. musician, will entertain attendees with his great music with a message. In addition, if you’re interested in Goss, whose work has appeared on getting involved in helping plan 2012’s both MTV and Logo, writes songs on PrideFest, please don’t hestiate to get both LGBTQ issues and more general in touch! Our event is entirely run by topics. volunteers and we have a wide variety The second artist, Summer Osborne, offers an ecclectic mix of folk soul, of ways to get involved!

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Rich history backs PrideFest 2004 The election year 2004 brought about a massive politically motivated effort to constitutional sanction continued discrimination by adding an amendment to Missouri’s Constitution to limit marriage between a man and a woman. Got Pride? Show-Me! unified over 450 attendees in the face of continued systematic oppression. Spirits were dampened and festival attendees were shocked by the recent brutal murder of Jesse Valencia, a gay MU student. In honor of Jesse and to show solidarity as a community – festival attendees wore black armbands of mourning as they celebrated life.

2005 The continued struggle to be able to participate fully as American citizens was reflected in the 2005 theme “Equal rights, no more, no less.” The steady growth of festival participant to 600 attendees demonstrated the need to find a bigger location than Dexhiemer Shelter in Cosmo Park.

2006 The steadily growing festival moved locations to better accommodate the 850 attendees. The theme Pride Not Prejudice, united the diverse participants. Festival organizers and community organizations added a variety of educational workshops and extended the celebration into the night to promote community fusion with the Atomic Dance Party hosted by The Center Project. The local festival gained national attention as the focus of smaller town Pride Celebrations for the documentary, “Profiles In Pride”, that was produced by CBS News and Logo.

2007 The KKK March through central Columbia prompted the 2007 theme “United in Diversity.” Participants celebrated their own uniqueness while joining forces with diverse groups. The

festival continued to grow, reaching 900 participants from central Missouri and adjoining states. The success the 2006 post-festival dance party prompted The Center Project to host the 2nd Annual Atomic Dance Party.

2008 The premiere of the “Gayest Dog Contest” brought the most publicity to the 2008 festival themed “Change the World: Be Yourself.” Roughly 1,000 participants enjoyed the music of Megan Boyer’s Band, Ragged Blade, Nova Lunacy and others. There were so many performers we decided to host two stages! The PrideFest committee decided to start a tradition of giving back to the community by choosing an organization to donate a portion of the proceeds. The Center Project received a check for $1,000 this inaugural year, which helped TCP to get one step closer to opening a physical location.

2009 Boasting the largest festival to date, in 2009 the committee decided to host a Patron’s Party for the festival’s sponsors, donors and lead organizers. New corporate sponsors including Venus, MetLife and State Farm added to this year’s growth. The City of Columbia unanimously passed the Domestic Partnership Registry at their city council meeting this year while gay marriage became legal in Iowa, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and a Texas judge rules the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional while presiding over the divorce proceedings for two gay Texans married in Massachusetts. All of these events and more contributed to the theme “Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights.”

2010 For the first time, Mid-Missouri PrideFest moved to downtown Columbia. The new location offered higher visibility and a larger space.


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Guarantees are subject to product terms, exclusions and limitations and are based on the insurer’s claimspaying ability and financial strength. Products are issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166, and by MetLife Investors USA Insurance Company, 5 Park Plaza, Suite 1900, Irvine, CA 92614 and in New York, only by First MetLife Investors Insurance Company, 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166 (collectively referred to as “MetLife”). ©2011 PNTS ©2011 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. L0411177751[exp0512][All States][DC,GU,MP,PR,VI] 1103-1064

Donations, volunteers keep PrideFest free One of the goals of the Mid-Missouri PrideFest planning committee is to keep the festival open and accessible to everyone. To this date, PrideFest has remained a free event, supported by the generous donations of local businesses, organizations and individuals, as well as our team of volunteers. Donations from individuals are always appreciated. To make a tax-deductible contribution, mail a check made payable to Mid-Missouri LGBT Coalition

to 907 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65201. New this year is the Pride Circle of Friends, a program that gives individuals a way to support PrideFest. For more information, visit www. If your business would be interested in donating products, services or time to PrideFest, email for more information on how you can show your support. Thank you to all of this year’s supporters!

MU LGBTQ center offers variety of services, programs The University of Missouri Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Resource Center seeks to provide a safe environment that is welcoming to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. In this environment, it actively

supports student learning through programming and leadership opportunities. The center encourages understanding by providing a broad range of resources on LGBTQ and ally issues and by advocating for the creation of an inclusive MU community.

Test your knowledge with Smarty Pants Trivia SoCo Club, Columbia’s dance club and gay bar, offers the fun and challenge of trivia each week with Smarty Pants Trivia. The contest begins every Friday at 8 p.m. at SoCo Club’s Lounge, 128 E. Nifong Blvd. in Columbia. There is no cost to play. Questions include an ecclectic mix of pop culture, mystery song lyrics , littleknown facts and academic subjects.

The first place team each Friday wins a $25 gift certificate to SoCo Club while the second place team receives a free pitcher of beer. Points from all teams are added to a running tally that includes other teams from the region throughout the month. The team with the most points at the end of the month receives $250. For details visit

Health department offers wide array of services for LGBTQ community Many people have visited the health department have for a birth certificate, a food handler’s card or possibly vaccinations. Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services provides these and many other services to protect the health and well being of the community. The clinic see sclients for HIV and other STD testing by appointment during normal business hours and walkins are accepted on most days (call ahead to confirm availability of walk-in slots). Additionally, every Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. the health department hosts a walk-in STD clinic. Boone County residents pay just $10 ($20 if not a resident of Boone County) to have a visit and exam with a health care provider and screening tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. Additionally, rapid HIV testing with results in just 15 minutes is available every Thursday. Appointments for rapid HIV testing are accepted on Thursday mornings and walk-in slots are available from 1-4 p.m. for those rapid HIV tests. Other clinic services include immunizations (childhood shots, hepatitis A&B, HPV and many others), TB skin tests, women’s health services, family planning services and smoking cessation among others. In addition to clinic services, the department has social service specialists who can help to connect clients with community resources and social service programs and a human rights specialist can assist clients with any suspected discrimination among protected classes, includes sexual orientation. To learn more about these and other services please visit or call 573-874-7345.

Help plan 2012 PrideFest event Volunteers are always needed to help plan all aspects of Mid-Missouri PrideFest. The organization is entirely run by volunteers and works hard throughout the year to plan the best possible event. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, ranging from organizing entertainment, assisting with fundraisers, helping with publicity and working various tasks the day of the event. There are also behind-the-scenes roles available, such as folding brochures or addressing mail. To find out how you can get involved, email

Sexual orientation important factor in health care Medical providers know that a person’s race, ethnicity and gender play important roles in guidance and direction of medical care. Unfortunately, many of us never realize the importance that our sexual orientation can play as well. Individuals in the LGBT community have unique health concerns and unfortunately, many health care providers don’t understand these issues or know that they may be of concern. It is important for you to advocate for your own care. Be honest with your health care provider if you feel comfortable. If not, ask friends for a referral or seek out an LGBT-friendly provider through the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ( or the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc. org).

Musician Tom Goss to headline Mid-Missouri PrideFest stage Musician Tom Goss will headline the Mid-Missouri PrideFest. Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters — a former Catholic seminarian turned guitartoting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following. Since he started performing in Washington, D.C. coffeehouses in 2006, the tireless 29-year-old hasn’t let any moss grow under his trademark flip flops: two full-length CDs (Naked Without and Back to Love), two EPs (Rise and The Politics of Love), a live DVD (Live At Terry’s), four music videos—two rose to the #1 and #2

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2011 event a success! See you May 5, 2012!!


Ride | Walk | Run

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Katy Trail, Rocheport, MO Post event at Les Bourgeois Winery




viewer-choice slots on MTV’s LOGO network—and nearly 500 shows in 100 cities nationwide. His latest CD, Turn It Around, was released April 12, supported by a ten-week, 50city tour. Tom is an unabashed romantic, known for his songs about love (many inspired by his new husband Mike, whom he married in October 2010) and longing. Recorded in Steubenville, Ohio, at Innovation Studios in December, Turn It Around glides from soulful, pensive ballads to infectious pop, from tender melodies to muscular rhythms, buoyed by an unflagging belief in the healing power of love. Drawing comparisons to his contemporaries such as Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz and Lee DeWyze, Tom’s intimate live performances reflect his gift for incisive personal narratives. Tom is committed politically as well, having released songs and videos in support of marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” (A video for the song “Lover,” from his last album, is currently in rotation on LOGO — it tells the story of a soldier killed in Afghanistan while his husband waits at home, and stars servicemen who were discharged under don’t ask, don’t tell.) Like his music, Tom’s story is a mix of struggle and spirit. A native of Kenosha, Wisc., he spent his high school and college years as a wrestler, leaving the family sport of gymnastics for one better suited to his teenage aggression. Following a brief stint as a teacher, he moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004 to enter Catholic seminary. It didn’t go as planned, and he abandoned his quest to become a priest—but not his desire to spread a message of hope and reconciliation through his music.

Summer Osborne brings unique sound to PrideFest entertainment Mid-Missouri PrideFest will feature the music of Summer Osborne. Osborne writes and sings real music about real life. Her music is a Venn diagram where folk soul, acoustic rock and piano pop intersect. Imagine if Phoebe Snow and Joss Stone had a love child. When Vital Voice named the top 2010 St. Louis artists, Summer was the only musician, “Those who expect fluffy, nursery school jingles from Osborne will soon have their minds changed after hearing her music. The raspy-voiced singer, who hails from the woman-with-a-guitar, singer-songwriter school of cool girl musicians, is all rock and roll.”~ Sarah Fentem, Vital Voice. She has a commanding stage presence, zany humor and a soulful delivery — her music is delightful to listen to and enlightening to feel. Summer has been on stage since age four, but has been performing her original tunes for fans since 2005. During that time, lyrics and melodies have been continuously flowing through her, resulting in five albums. Songs From A Rolling Black Chair, Summer’s debut album, deals with the drama of coming out. Her sophomore release, Don’t Call Me Mrs. Osborne, is a “vanilla” production for the small farm community from whence she came. It’s About Damn Time, Summer’s third CD, features a transcendence of genres as she further honed her craft. Her fourth CD, Winter Driven Summer, describes her walk through the depths of her mother’s illness and eventual death. Summer’s latest CD, Revelation, is upbeat and infused with love. The sixth album is under construction and is expected to drop in June of 2011.Since

deciding to focus on her musical career (performing and writing) full time in 2009, Summer has been constantly on tour, doing shows at venues and festivals. She has played music at Pridefests all over the Mid-West US & Canada: Pridefest St. Louis (20052010); Halifax Pride – Nova Scotia, Canada (2010); MidSouth Pride – Memphis, TN (2005 & 2010); Springfield Pride – Springfield, MO (2009); Kentuckiana Pride – Lexington, KY (2009); Metro East Pride – Belleville, IL (2008). Summer has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, God-Des and She, Tiffany, Jen Foster, Sugarbeach, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Betty, Martha Wash, RJ Helton, Jennifer Holliday, Tret Fure, and Shannon Curtis. Whether her audience is small and intimate or large and out of control, whether she is solo with her guitar and piano or backed by the band, as long as she has a microphone to carry her words, she always delivers. If you have a chance to see her live – it will prove to be a gift to be remembered. Her Mission for 2011 is Operation Infect the Nation ((with love)).

Gayest Dog contest returns to PrideFest Calling all canine lovers! Mid-Missouri PrideFest will once again host a great event for its gender-bending fourlegged friends to take to the stage. It’s the Gayest Dog Contest! This has become one of the most talked about events at Mid-Missouri PrideFest. This year PrideFest is excited to announce the help of Jessica Schlosser. Schlosser is the owner at Lizzi &

Rocco’s Natural Pet Market and has helped organize the event as well as providing prizes. The categories this year will be the same as years past: Genetically Male and Genetically Female. The third prize will be an overall crowd favorite. For more information stop by Lizzi & Rocco’s booth before 11:15 a.m. or, before June 12, call 573-875-2288.

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PrideFest drag show makes splash Perhaps you’ve never noticed, but PrideFest is the only time of year when a drag show is free. Of course, there are occasional events throughout the year when you don’t have to pay an admission fee to witness the fluid bending of gender, but most of the time, free drag shows are like free lunches: they do not exist. The top notch entertainment lineup for the DownTown UpStage Drag Extravaganza is sure to please this year. Only at Mid-Missouri PrideFest will you see the winners of the MidMissouri PrideFest Pride Pageant showing you why they were chosen to represent your community. Each year, new performers boldly enter a local stage to compete for the crown and the right to entertain you for the rest of the year. For the last two years D’Manda Respect has been the host of the Pride Pageant and the DownTown UpStage Drag Extravaganza. Most of the time you can catch her in weekly shows at SoCo Club, as well as performing in almost all benefit shows in the community. Respect says, “Always shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll still land among the stars!” We are very proud of the hard work all performers put into this show and we give them a huge thank you. A special thank you to Respect. None of this would be possible without her and she is greatly needed and appreciated for all she does.

Message from Drag Show Sponsor This has been my second year as sponsor of the MidMO Pride King and Queen Pageant. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting into. Drag was something I dabbled in back in college, but didn’t we all?, not something I was familiar with on a daily basis in my adult life. I was unaware of the hours it took to plan and arrange such an event. Each and every year the Pageant has grown and I’m very excited to see what it becomes in the future. Now, I’m very happy about the “craziness” I got myself into. I got into a brotherhood and sisterhood most people in our community never get to see. I got a front row seat at the love and support these humans show each other ALL the time. This year I got a true sense of what pride means not only to myself but to kings and queens in our community. If you missed this years Pageant, you my friend missed a show of love and support and pride. I am proud to call these people my friends, my brothers, and yes gurl... My sistas! Timothy Root Root’s Nouveau Hair & Body Shop

HIV concerns continue to affect gay, bisexual male community Gay and bisexual men — referred to in Centers for Disease Control surveillance systems as men who have sex with men (MSM) — of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV. This group is infected with HIV at a rate that is 44 times that of other men. HIV is spread through unprotected sex or sharing needles with someone who has HIV. Many factors contribute to the higher rates of HIV among MSM including high

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prevalence of HIV, lack of knowledge of HIV status, social discrimination, cultural issues and substance abuse. Help to protect your health and the health of your community by learning more about HIV, knowing your HIV status and talking to your friends and family about HIV. Additionally, using a condom every time you have sex (oral, vaginal or anal sex) is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. Free HIV testing and free condoms are offered daily at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and at Rain Central Missouri. For questions about these and other services in the community call the Columbia/Boone County Health Department at 573-874-6331 or Rain at 573-875-8687.

DeMornay, Devaraux win 2011 Pride Pageant Congratulations to Mahajanay DeMornay and Deaunte Deveraux for capturing the titles that made them Mid-Missouri Pride royalty. The two have the honor of reigning at MidMo Pridefest on June 11 in Columbia, Mo. Mahajanay DeMornay walks away with a crown, rhinestone earrings and necklace set, two stage spots at MidMissouri PrideFest, tips at Crowning and $150 toward the vacation of her choice. Deaunte Deveraux has accepted a crown, rhinestone crown lapel pin, two stage spots at Mid-Missouri PrideFest, Tips at Crowning and $150 toward the vacation of his choice. This year we said goodbye to the previous reigning Miss Havanna Fitt & Mr. Will Lickit, Miss and Mr. MidMissouri PrideFest 2010.

Columbia native stars in eCupid Columbia native Noah Shuffman will be at Ragtag Cinema June 11. MidMissouri PrideFest along with some generous collaborators are bringing Shuffman and the director the new film eCupid: Love on the Download, to Ragtag Cinema for a showing of the film the day before PrideFest. PrideFest is also proud to announce that, because of such fantastic support from our community, the screening that day will be free. eCupid shows at 1 p.m. and doors open for general seating about a half an hour before show time. Seating is limited for this special onetime screening, so it will be first come, first served. There will be an informal question and answer session with Shuffman and the director immediately following the film. Schuffman is originally from Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in

Marshall (Houston Rhines) talks with his boyfriend, Gabe (Noah Shuffman) in a scene from eCupid: Love on the Download.

theater performance. Noah has worked in film, commercials, Web series and TV shows such as Days of Our Lives, Desperate Housewives, and House MD. His most recent role was a guest star on Grey’s Anatomy. For more information on the film visit

Summer hair tips for style, health On a recent trip to Cozumel, Columbia hair salon owner Tim Root witnessed tons of “summer hair.” Trying to get some ideas, headed to the local beaches and a few of the local hangouts, to see what some of the locals were doing with their hair. What he found was lots of great messy up dos and that seemed to be the going trend. “The looser the better is what I always say when it comes to summer hair,” said Root. Hair can easily be fashioned into loose pony tails, buns or braids or a mixture of all three, he advises. If you are a person who colors your hair you must pay special attention so that your hair does not become too brittle or that your color does not fade. For blondes Root recommends lots of conditioning up to three times a week if you get a moderate amount of sun. For brunettes or reds lots of sunblock protection is needed because these colors can fade fast from U.V. damage. Root often suggests hats to many out doors people and advises everyone to be sure to read all labels and directions as sunblocks for skin and scalp do not work on hair and sunblocks for hair will

not work on your scalp or skin. Many items are on the market but here are a few of Root’s picks in all price ranges... • CHI Ionic Color Lock Shampoo, 12 oz., $16: Gently cleanses, preserves color • CHI Ionic Color Lock Conditioner, 12 oz., $20: Protects color, nourishes hair • Aveda Suncare, 3.4 oz., $26: Light weight, offers uv defense, minimizes fading • Redken Color Extend Conditioner, 8.5 oz., $8.99: Offers color protection and condition • Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray, 8 oz., $15: Locks color in, helps color last longer, conditions against dryness and breakage • Schwarzkopf Sun Guardian, 6.8 oz., $18 • Banana Boat Clear Ultra mist for Scalp, 6 oz.: $4.95 • For fun!! Veterinarian’s Best Sun Spray for Dogs, 4oz., $8: Extra protection from UV rays, sprays on, sompares to an SPF of 15 For more information, contact Root’s Nouveau Hair and Body Shop at 573474-ROOT (7668) or

Trail to a Cure supports AIDS research Trail to a Cure Inc., also known as simply “Trail to a Cure” or “TTAC,” is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization works through fundraising to support research into a cure for HIV/AIDS and services for to those living with HIV/AIDS in Central Missouri, in addition to promoting education and awareness and inspiring others to get involved in the fight. Each year Trail to a Cure organizes a run/walk/bike event on the Katy Trail, starting in Rocheport. This year marked the fourth year the event was held.

Other fundraising events throughout the year ensure that 100 percent of all funds brought in by participants go to support the vital services and programs provided by the event’s benefactors, Rain Central Missouri and amfAR, the American Federation for AIDS Research. The costs of the event are covered by these additional fundraising efforts as well as numerous community sponsors. To date, Trail to Cure as raised over $30,000. This total does not, however, include the 2011 event since these totals were not available at press time. For more information, visit www.


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Not all ifs in life are the same.

MetLife understands that the LGBT community faces different ifs in life. If your Social Security benefits won’t pass on to your partner. If you’re married at the state level, but considered single at the federal level. If you and your loved ones can be protected for the future—with guarantees. MetLife believes these “ifs” should never hold you back— they should be managed with a plan of action. Together, we can develop strategies to address many of the uncertainties in your life…so you can focus on the possibilities. Call me today to get started planning for the ifs in your life.

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Rain offers key services to those living with HIV and Hepatitis C Rain-Central Missouri is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1992. Rain is the only AIDS service organization in the North Central Region of Missouri. The region includes approximately 20,700 square miles within its 35 counties. Rain operates under the guidance of a 10-member board of directors that includes representatives of the affect populations. Rain is sustained financially by individual contributions, private and corporate foundations, federal, state and local grants and fundraising events. Rain offers a variety of services. Education and Outreach: Rain provides education in schools, parks, shelters, churches, clinics and homes. The organization’s curriculum focuses on self-esteem, responsible choices and realities of living with STDs. Free STD, HIV and Hepatitis C testing is available at the Rain office and at outreach events in the community. Presentations, information and individual counseling are avialable upon request. Rain’s goal is to educate, inform and normalize message of abstinence, regular testing and the use of other risk reduction methods.

Housing: Rain housing programs address several areas of need by developing housing education and advocacy strategies, acquiring and developing rental units, and increasing the availability of rental subsidy programs through local partnerships. Rain assists individuals, families, those struggling with mental health and substance abuse, minorities and those recently released from incarceration. The goal of the housing program is to provide clients with safe, stable and affordable housing so that people can stay healthy and work toward selfsufficiency. Case Management: Case management links individuals with HIV or Hepatitis C to health care and other needed services. Case managers provide ongoing support to help people overcome any barriers they might encounter. Rain also provides case management for persons who are incarcerated or recently released from prison. The goal of case management is to improve health by providing support while helping people to become independent.

Ragtag brings unique films to Columbia Ragtag Cinema champions independent film and other media arts to stimulate and enrich the culture of our community. The cinema a nonprofit, communitysupported theater that showcases a variety of films and performing arts in a vibrant, inviting setting. As Columbia’s premier art house movie theater, Ragtag Cinema exhibits independent, international and alternative documentary, narrative, and avant-garde films. Ragtag attends to film as a vital and

fun art form. Many of the cinema’s films are presented with personal appearances by filmmakers, critics and scholars to foster film appreciation and stimulate discussion. Beyond movies, the organization regularly hosts an array of live music, theater, comedy, poetry readings and multimedia art by local and touring artists. Ragtag Cinema is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Columbia.

A Look Back: PrideFest 2011

ABOVE: Pride flags line Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

LEFT: PrideFest 2012 director Doug Stone, left, and his partner Tim Root. ABOVE: Colorful chalk art.

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Presenting Sponsor Bengal’s Bar & Grill

Audrey McFadden Art Boone County Libertarian Party Columbia Area National Organization for Women Columbia Friends Meeting Democracy for America Eye of the Beholder Human Rights Campaign InVision Eye Care Center Kent’s Floral Gallery Lizzi and Rocco’s Natural Pet Market Missouri Association for Social Welfare Open Door Ministries Out, Proud and Healthy in Missouri Peace Kitty Peace Nook/Mid-Missouri PeaceWorks PFLAG Columbia, Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Pride Point (concessions and information) PROMO RAIN Root’s Nouveau Hair and Body Shop SGM Health Equity Show Me Dharma The Center Project Trail to a Cure Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City USS Phoenix Chapter of Starfleet International

Red Sponsors Equal Creative Macy’s MetLife SoCo Club Arch & Column Pub Green Sponsor (Drag Show Sponsor) Root’s Nouveau Hair and Body Shop Yellow Sponsors Miller Lite Blue Sponsors Columbia Back and Neck Pain Center Kent’s Floral Gallery Ragtag Cinema Violet Sponsors Columbia Daily Tribune Pepsi State Farm Insurance RAINBOW SPONSORS Columbia Area National Organization for Women Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Democracy for America Hy-Vee Lizzy & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market Open Door Ministries PFLAG Columbia, Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri PROMO Rain Central Missouri Trail to a Cure

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Circle of Friends Sarah Nichole Mitchell Vera Reichlin Rex and Heather Morgan

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