Cleveland’s LGBT Community Takes Back Its PRIDE, Plans New Celebration After “Pride Inc” Fumbles
The LGBT community in Cleveland, OH is planing to do in 2 weeks what their LGBT Pride planning group, Cleveland PRIDE Inc could not do in 14 months and that hold their own hometown Pride on the same date of the one that was cancelled last week.
Last week, Cleveland Pride Inc. announced the celebration will not be held as planned Aug. 13 for the first time since 1989, citing the terror attack that left 49 people dead at a gay Orlando nightclub in June stating that: ““Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment.” This despite the fact that Cleveland PRIDE Inchad an additional 2 months of planning time because it pushed the original date back because of the Republican National Convention.
After last Thursday’s announcement made by Cleveland Pride Inc. that the annual Cleveland Pride Parade and Festival had been cancelled, Cleveland LGBTQ Leaders joined together on the morning of July, 31st to move forward with a new event that will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
Phyllis Harris, Executive Director of The LGBT Community Center, Cleveland City Councilman, Kerry McCormack; State Representative, Nickie Antonio; City of Cleveland and Dept. of Economic Development, Kevin Schmotzer and members from the following organizations: The LGBT Community Center, Plexus, HRC Cleveland Steering Committee, GG9, Stonewall Democrats, Stonewall Sports Cleveland, WH2, Dare2Care, Margie’s Hope and Equality Ohio are excited to announce that we will celebrate the LGBTQ Community, loud and proud, in Cleveland.
We will have a safe and secure environment in which to celebrate and we will show the world that Cleveland’s LGBTQ Community Rocks. Please stay tuned for more details on location, times, entertainment, etc. Cleveland will unite and will celebrate our community and diversity on Saturday, August 13, 2016.