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2014 Pride Festival Theme Nominations, Dragraisers, Junior Pageant Prelims, Community Strong, and More

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 

GET TO KNOW OUR MENTORS: FREDDY PRINZE CHARMING & JENSEN C. DEAN
 

 

1. What makes you unique and what are you planning to bring to the table that other teams don’t have?

Freddy: Being a drag veteran, I think I’ve got the years of experience that some of the other teams may not necessarily have. My style has always been unique, and I may be able to pass that along to our mentee. I’m hoping that the support this community has always shown me will be shown to Angie as she fundraises.

Jensen:  One thing that makes me unique is, I spent many years, prior to doing drag, assisting in and setting up fundraisers so with that knowledge it could give our team a bit of diversity in fundraising methods to maximize the amount of money we are able to raise.

 

2.  Why do you feel it is so important to educate the community on the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program?

F: As entertainers and community representatives, we have some responsibility to give back to the community that supports us.  It’s great that Phoenix Pride helps to further the education of the Phoenix LGBTQ community, regardless of age, and something that needs to be made known.

J: I feel it is important to give back to the community because it is essential to grow and thrive.  The Phoenix Pride Scholarship is an important program because it is one of few scholarships available without a maximum age limit allowing more of the community to achieve a higher level of education, thus making our community stronger as a whole.

 

3.  Our Dragraisers will be looking to you for inspiration and guidance, who do you look to for your own inspiration and guidance?

F: I look to my peers, both here and across the country, for advice and inspiration. I often bounce ideas off other kings, and even queens, to get feedback. And generally, there is no one more supportive than those who are a part of the craft, unless it’s our partners. When it comes down to it, they are the people who inspire and support us on a daily basis.

 

J: I look to the veteran kings and male illusionists that have spent years perfecting their craft and building a good reputation for the drag king community.

     Each year Phoenix Pride selects a theme for the upcoming Parade and Festival.
Previous themes have been, “Three Decades, One Community, For Pride”, “Celebrate Community, Celebrate Family, Celebrate You”, “More Color, More Voices, More Pride”, “Do Ask, Do Tell, Be Proud”, “Born This Way, Be It, Feel It, Live It, PROUD!” and in 2013 the ever popular “Equality & Justice For All”.
We need the help from our community. What do you think the 2014 Pride Festival and Parade Theme should be? We want our theme to continue to reflect the diverse richness and culture of our LGBTQ community.

CHECK IT OUT MUSIC FANS!

You saw Girl in a Coma perform at Pride this past April, see them again with Hunter Valentine at The Rhythm Room!

Register for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show from SWAY Events!


MISS AND MISTER JUNIOR PHOENIX GAY PRIDE PRELIM WINNERS: TEMPE

     Last Tuesday, five contestants vied for the titles of Miss Junior Tempe and Mister Junior Tempe.
With a jazzy Top Gun-inspired flightsuit, Cody Ateraz, nailed the Design of Decade: 80s Wear Category.  But, the clincher was his surprise reveal of a “Ghostbusters” tee!  His attention to detail, great performance, and thoughtful answer to his On-Stage Question garnered him the victory!
Miz Roxy Heartless rocked the judges’ socks off with her high-octane performance to Paramore’s “Misery Buisness”!  Her “Rocker Chic” look coupled with a playful answer that allowed her personality to shine through during her On-Stage Question, Miz Roxy clinched the title!

DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION IN!
Commercial and Non-Profit exhibitor applications will remain open until September 6, 2013.

Applications for Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, may be found on the Phoenix Pride website.

NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

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Food Vendor Application Deadline Approaching, Ticket GiveaSWAY, Community Strong, and more

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 

FOOD VENDOR DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY!
Food Vendor applications for the 2014 Rainbows Festival will close Friday, August 9th, and 11:59pm.

Commercial and Non-Profit exhibitor applications will remain open until September 6, 2013.

Applications for Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, may be found on the Phoenix Pride website.

NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

GET TO KNOW OUR DRAGRAISERS: ANGIE VANDINE
 

What makes you unique and what are you planning to bring to the table that other teams don’t have?

Being a skater for Arizona Roller Derby has helped me become close & personal friends with my inner warrior. My league, my sport, comprised of beautiful, strong women have taught me many forms of strength. My strongest being perseverance. I believe that my dedication to this beautiful cause & my perseverance will find me successful. AND I got a mean hip check.  that’s gotta come in handy in drag, right?  Maybe not, but don’t get in the way of my tip money fellow competitors, I can’t be held responsible.

 

How/Why did you become involved with Phoenix Pride?

Because Kevin Godfrey is a charming mofo.  I believe that supporting our community members, providing strong, positive role models through education of our present and future generations we will see a time that being a member of the GLBT community will be openly & unabashedly accepted by mainstream society. I believe all children (GLBT or otherwise) deserve to walk with their heads high, free from fear, and judgment for being themselves. I believe lifting up our community members by providing them opportunities to go out into the world & be advocates for our community is an integral part of this process. Through efforts of organizations like Phoenix Pride, we, as a community can usher in a new era of acceptance and love.

  
NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2014 FESTIVAL AND PARADE THEME
Each year Phoenix Pride selects a theme for the upcoming Parade and Festival.

Previous themes have been, “Three Decades, One Community, For Pride”, “Celebrate Community, Celebrate Family, Celebrate You”, “More Color, More Voices, More Pride”, “Do Ask, Do Tell, Be Proud”, “Born This Way, Be It, Feel It, Live It, PROUD!” and in 2013 the ever popular “Equality & Justice For All”.

We need the help from our community. What do you think the 2014 Pride Festival and Parade Theme should be? We want our theme to continue to reflect the diverse richness and culture of our LGBTQ community.

CHECK IT OUT MUSIC FANS!

You saw Girl in a Coma perform at Pride this past April, see them again with Hunter Valentine at The Rhythm Room!

Register for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show from SWAY Events!

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Mister Phoenix Gay Pride Title Reinstated, Rainbows Exhibitor Applications, Community Strong, and more

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 

EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Exhibitor applications are now open Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, on the Phoenix Pride website.
NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

DRAGRAISER TEAMS:
PART TWO
   
Here is the second set of teams.  Brad Speck will be a student of two royal professors.  Former and current Miss Phoenix Gay Pride titleholders, Grecia Montes d’Occa and Khloe V. Monroe, will teach Brad what it takes channel his inner diva and be a fabulous Drag Queen!Don’t count out Cymande Zalzala!  She has Brandon Packer, for whom, the Brandon Packer Spirit Award is named in honor of, and Gunner Gatyln, Mister AGRA 2013, to school her in the art of all things Drag King!

MISTER PHOENIX GAY PRIDE TITLE REINSTATED
“After careful review and evaluation by the Phoenix Pride staff and Board of Directors, Phoenix Pride is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the Mister Phoenix Gay Pride title to our Pageant.In March, Phoenix Pride announced the suspension of the title due to violations of the Mister Phoenix Gay Pride Guidelines and Code of Conduct. A Town Hall Meeting was scheduled with the King community earlier this month. After an open and honest dialogue with the community members who attended, we are confident that the issues that arose earlier this year will not be repeated. Members of the King and Queen community who were in attendance, committed to fostering a harassment and bully free environment should Phoenix Pride reinstate the Mister Phoenix Gay Pride title.”

You may read the press release in its entirety

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Miss and Mister Junior Phoenix Gay Pride Prelims, Rainbows Exhibitor Applications NOW OPEN, Community Strong, and more

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 

EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Exhibitor applications are now open Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, on the Phoenix Pride website.
NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

DRAGRAISER TEAMS:
PART ONE
Here is the first set of teams.  Natalie Cianciola will be getting the royal treatment from two former Miss Phoenix Gay Pride titleholders.  Olivia Gardens and Afeelya Bunz have teamed up to use their expertise to guide Natalie on her journey to becoming a showstopping Drag Queen!

Not to be outdone, Angie Vandine, you may know her as Bo, has plenty of “Charm” to take her to the top!  Former Mister Phoenix Gay Pride, Freddy Prinze Charming, and reigning Mister Phoenix Gay Pride, Jensen C. Dean, will work together to help Angie undergo her transformation into a Drag King!

Next week, we reveal our 2nd set of teams!

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE!
Back to school season is in full swing.  That means books, classes, and the search for internships.  Well, CAFETERIA ON THOMAS in Central Phoenix is looking for a few interns to join their team.  They are offering internships for:

-Front of house
-Back of house
-Marketing

Please apply directly for all positions at CAFETERIA ON THOMAS located at 507 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Stop by Monday – Friday between 8:00AM – 10:30AM or between 1:30PM – 3:00PM for an interview.

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Happy Birthday Brandi, Rainbows Exhibitor Applications NOW OPEN, Community Strong, and More!

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 

A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRANDI SOKOLOSKY!
From your entire Phoenix Pride family: We love and miss you!  Have a wonderful birthday! 

EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Exhibitor applications are now open Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, on the Phoenix Pride website.
NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

GALA PHOTOS POSTED!


 

Stop by the Phoenix Pride Facebook page and check out all the memories you helped create!

SUMMER FINALE OF GAY SKATE

Gay Skate AZ hosts an LGBTQ skate party every month at Great Skate, 10054 N 43rd Ave, from 8-11pm. Each event benefits an LGBTQ non-profit organization and is open to all ages & persuasions!

This Thursday is the FINAL Gay Skate of the summer season!  And if you miss this one, you will have to wait until September…you don’t want to have to wait THAT long, do you?  This week’s skate is benefiting the Phoenix Pride Scholarship AND be sure to bring a non-perishable food item and receive $1 off entry, all food to benefit Joshua Tree Feeding Program!

Location: 10054 N 43rd Ave., Glendale 85302
Time: Starts at 9pm
Cost: $10, including skates

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Rainbows Exhibitor Applications NOW OPEN, OUTdoors! Camp deadline extended, Dragraisers, and more.

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Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. 
 

EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Exhibitor applications are now open Rainbows Festival, Oct 19-20, on the Phoenix Pride website.
NEW THIS YEAR!  After listening to exhibitor feedback, we have added the following, in an effort to further enhance exhibitor experience:
  • One FREE parking space with each Commercial Booth space in Heritage Square Parking Garage (attached to venue)
  • Exhibitor Hotel Rate
  • Food Trucks welcome!

Please contact office@phoenixpride.org with questions.

DRAGRAISERS: SEASON 1
CONTESTANTS (PART TWO)  
       
Last week we introduced you to our 3 of our 5 Dragraisers.  This week, we introduce the final 2 fantastic contestants who will, with the help of their mentors, be transformed into a Drag Queen or King!

 

Brad Speck of Center Dance Ensemble and Desert Overture

– Cymande Zalzala is a volunteer with 1n10 and a PhD student in Clinical Psychology.

Dragraisers is a new and exciting outreach event directed towards educating the community on the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program. It also aims to demonstrate the impact that community involvement has when they participate in all of Phoenix Pride’s annual events.  Notable leaders within the Drag Queen and King community have come together to form five teams that will be paired with a member of the Phoenix Metro LGBTQ community (the Dragraiser).
Next week, we will announce our Teams!

 
LAST CHANCE:
YOUTH APPLICATION EXTENSION!
Youth Applications for OUTdoors! Camp are open until July 15th at 9 pm. The deadline was extended from July 8th, to allow more youth to apply. Please expect to hear back from us on the status of your application by July 27th.OUTdoors! Camp is dedicated to helping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth develop leadership skills, work in collaborative ways, and develop a strong sense of self and community!

Arizona Residents:

Out of State: Apply here!

GALA PHOTOS POSTED!

 

Stop by the Phoenix Pride Facebook page and check out all the memories you helped create!

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Phoenix Pride Announces Pride Parade Grand Marshals

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Phoenix – Based on nominations received from the Phoenix LGBTQ community, Phoenix Pride is proud to announce this year’s parade will be lead by Rich Zavala, aka Miss Afeelya Bunz and former Pride Parade Director Jamie Henderson-Mays. Community Grand Marshal’s are honored for their contributions not only to Phoenix Pride over the years but for their dedication to the Phoenix LGBTQ community as a whole. This honor is well-deserved by both individuals and we look forward to celebrating them along with the community. The 16th Annual Phoenix Pride Parade will step off on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at 11:00am. The parade route runs northbound on 3rd Street from Thomas to Indian School where it leads directly into Steele Indian School Park (Phoenix Pride Park), the home of the 32nd Annual Phoenix Pride 2-day Festival.

This year commemorates the selection of the 2nd Annual Celebrity Grand Marshal and LGBTQ Youth Grand Marshals. These new categories were introduced in 2011 and we are happy to announce that these categories have been permanently adopted by the organization. We are proud to announce this year’s LGBTQ Youth Grand Marshal is Max Jannsen; a 14 year old transgender youth and this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal is local radio personality Beth MacDonald, a long time ally of the LGBTQ community. At the 2011 Pride Awards Gala last June we introduced an opportunity for some very lucky attendees to represent themselves or their organization at the 2012 Pride Parade as the Gala Grand Marshal. The Imperial Court stepped up the challenge with a $2000.00 contribution to the Pride Scholarship Fund. We are proud to recognize the Imperial Court of Arizona as our 2012 Pride Gala Grand Marshal. Representing the Imperial Court will be their 2011 Emperor and Empress. We hope that you will join us at the parade this year to help celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing individuals.

Phoenix Pride Festival hosts over 250 exhibitors, providing an incredible array of shopping and informational experiences for attendees. Returning special attractions include the interactive ARTS Expo located under a 100 x 100 tent combined with the Bistro Stage, Lakeside Wedding Chapel where we will host mass-commitment ceremonies throughout the weekend, the wildly popular Erotic World located just south of Pride Metro Entertainment Stage, and delicious international fare in our North and South Food Courts.

After last year’s festival we conducted a survey from our patrons. From that survey we were able to find out what you like and what we might need to do a bit better. You Spoke and We Listened! Most importantly, you will see MORE SHADE throughout the festival. We have added a VIP Area for VIP ticket holders that will include a weekend packed full of amazing events to be announced in the coming weeks. We’ve added 2 entrances, one for patrons who purchase their tickets Online and a separate Entrance on the same side of the park for patrons purchasing their tickets at the gate. For the first time Phoenix Pride will accept credit cards for admissions purchases and for beverage tickets. ATM’s will still be available throughout the park for your convenience. Headliners to be announced in February. Visit the Phoenix Pride website for entertainment updates.. Online Festival Tickets are on sale now at www.pride-tickets.org. Don’t forget to purchase your $30.00 weekend pass, only available online offering you a savings of $10.00 for the weekend.

Phoenix Pride Community Foundation Announces Community Grant Recipients

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Phoenix – Four organizations have been selected to receive “organization capacity grants” from the Pride Community Grant Fund, administered by Arizona Community Foundation. Organization Capacity Grants are intended to support efforts to strengthen the operations of nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ community in Maricopa County.Grant applications can address areas such as, new program/service development and implementation; enhancement of existing programs/services and/or stabilizing and sustaining current programs or services.

Grants will be awarded to the following organizations: 1n10 will receive a grant of $12,500 to support the expansion of their LGBTQ youth drop‐in center in central Phoenix; Chrysalisis being awarded $12,500 to provide training and resources across all of their programs regarding domestic abuse that relates to the LGBTQ community; Hospice of the Valley will receive a grant of $5,000 to improve bereavement services for LGBTQ individuals and their families; and the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GPGLCC)is being awarded $5,000 to continue their compilation of a Business Equality Index that evaluates businesses and valley government employers to measure their commitment to equal treatment of their LGTBQ employees and provide guidelines for establishing an inclusive workplace.

“Each of these organizations submitted grant proposals that addressed specific needs within the LGBTQ community,” said Bill MacDonald, Chairman of Phoenix Pride’s Grants Committee. “The grants review process weighed proposals based on a series of criteria including the proposal’s long‐term impact to the community and the future sustainability of the project.” In its third year,the Pride Community Grants Fund, administered by Arizona Community Foundation, has awarded over $90,000 to valley nonprofits that provide services to assist the LGBTQ community in Maricopa County. “Organizations often struggle to find grants to develop capacity, especially in these economic times,” says Brandi Sokolosky, Executive Director of Phoenix Pride. “The Pride Community Grants Fund was established to be a resource to organizations and agencies that need help developing their organizational capacity, and ensuring their future growth and sustainability,”

Phoenix Pride is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that celebrates and promotes the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community.