Greater Ozarks Pridefest will be Saturday, June 20, from 11am to 9pm. The 17th Annual Pridefest, a free event, will be held again at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri. GLO – the Gay and Lesbian Center of the Ozarks sponsors the event.
This year’s theme of “We Are One” is continuing the focus of amplifying the voices of the entire LGBTQ+ community, especially those of transgender individuals, bisexuals, and queer people of all ages. We strive for a LGBT+ community that fully represents our true diversity by empowering and presenting voices that so often are left marginalized.
Pride a community-wide celebration, is a week-long series of free events beginning this past week and continuing Tuesday, June 16 and culminating with Pridefest on Park Central Square on Saturday, June 20. During the week both local and national performers, speakers and sponsors will be bringing their powerful voices for change to the Ozarks.
T-Mobile who set a record for Pride’s financial sponsorship, stated that “T-Mobile is a proud sponsor of this year’s Greater Ozarks PrideFest and we’re thrilled to participate in LGBT pride celebrations across the country – including 26 Pride events in 24 states over the next few months. As the Un-carrier, T-Mobile supports a culture of inclusion and accomplishment where you can bring your full self to work. T-Mobile has a long history of supporting individuality and equality, including our Pride & Allies Network, which builds critical awareness around issues important to our LGBT employees.”
92.9 the Beat FM is proud to present Dev, live in downtown Springfield, June 20 on Park Central Square. 92.9 as well as their DJ’s McClain, Rob and Bailey will be our hosts for the day’s festivities and sponsor of Dev, our headlining artist and free show the evening of Pride on the square. Local band LUX is opening the final concert at 7pm, with Dev following at 8pm. This summers tour as well as the EP release of Bittersweet July and Bittersweet July Pt 2. is very special to Dev, as well as the single “Honey Dip” which is currently playing on Top 40 airwaves.
Fans will remember Dev as the “the multi-talented 25-year old artist, with over 1 million Facebook followers, has 55 million (and counting!) music video plays for “In The Dark” and 45 million music video plays for “Bass Down Low” off her debut album, The Night The Sun Came Up (2012)—not to mention both songs are certified multiplatinum, and her major hit maker, “Like A G6,” reached number one on the Billboard chart and won International Video of the Year‟ at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards.”
We have so many other musical acts on Saturday June 20, including local drag performers, Greater Ozarks Pridefest Royalty Court, and the MSU Tent Theatre Review Show! We are also excited to have Springfield Skeptics sponsor speaker James Croft to offer up the invocation and lead speech at Park Central Square. You will have a second chance to hear Croft speak as a part of Supportive Sunday at Living Memorial Park near the Springfield Nature Center on Sunday, June 21 at 11:30am.
“James Croft is a Humanist activist who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently finishing his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He works as leader-in-training at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (part of a national movement of Humanist congregations). James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book “The Godless Congregation”, co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.”
We encourage everyone to join our entertainers and sponsors as we walk and continue our Equality March tradition beginning at 11am Saturday morning . We will start our procession and lineup at Chestnut St. and Kimbrough at the Municipal Courthouse. The March will head south across the MLK Jr. Bridge and then head West on St. Louis to the square. Leading our March will be the Nixa GSA, this local Gay-Straight Alliance for night school students just returned from NYC, where they received the national honor of “GSA of the Year.”
The community is invited and encouraged to march with their families, church groups, and community organizations in this mile stretch towards center city. In accordance with the City of Springfield and the Springfield Police Dept., streets will be blocked and participants safely led to march to Park Central Square.
There’s so much more than just Pride on the Square. Whether you are heading to the Moxie Cinema to see a free showing of “To Be Takei” and learn more about Star Trek’s George Takei on Wednesday night (June 17) at 7pm or coming out to our comedy show with headliner Amanda Kerri at Touche Nightclub, Thursday night (June 18) at 7pm, Pride Week really does have something planned for everyone.
RSVP online; to see the full week’s list of activities for the 2014 Greater Ozarks Pridefest: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterOzarksPridefest
We would encourage all interested media to also use the GLADD Media Reference Guide:
For more information about The Greater Ozarks Pridefest 2015 visit http://glocenter.org/greaterozarkspridefest/.
Please Contact Brandon Landers, Pride Co-Chair at (417) 808-0452 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For vendor and sponsorship inquiries contact Charles Abernathy, Vice-President of the GLO Center, at (417)693-9592 or email at email@example.com