Archive for June, 2009

Tomorrow: Laugh-Out Proud at Comedy Caravan, 8-11 PM

June 29, 2009

With the news about Michael Jackson and Farrah’s (and Billy Mays!) deaths, and the Iranian and Honduran crises, you probably need a good laugh right about now.

Comedy Caravan is here to help! The annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival event will feature Fairness Campaign‘s standout Kyle Riggs, along with several different acts from across the country who will have you in tears. Can you think of a better way to end pride month?

Don’t believe me? Watch our resident funnyman for yourself:

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 30
8-11 PM

WHERE:
Comedy Caravan
1250 Bardstown Road

HOW MUCH:
$8 online; $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

PRIDE 2009: Your complete round-up of this weekend’s events

June 17, 2009

Hi everyone! Unfortunately I will be out of town for this year’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival, so I’ve compiled a roundup of this year’s major events. Please note that you can visit the KPF’s Web site for more details. Happy pride month!

THURSDAY, JUNE 18

Friends of Pride Reception
When: 8 PM
Where: Belvedere (Between 4th and 6th St)
Why you should go: Come celebrate pride low-key style on Louisville’s beautiful Waterfront Park Plaza.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19

Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade
When: 8 PM-10 PM
Where: Beginning at Tryangles (209 S Preston St); ending at the Belvedere
Why you should go: This parade will be like no other, as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and Fairness Campaign‘s 10th birthday!

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

Kentuckiana Pride Festival
When: All-day
Where: Belvedere
How much: $5
Why you should go: This is one of the BIGGEST events for GLBTQ people in the Louisville area. Need I say more?

Fairness Over Pride Party
When: 8 PM-12 AM
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel
320 West Jefferson St
How much: $20 (all proceeds benefit the Fairness Campaign)
Why you should go: Let’s see … h’ordeuvres, cocktails and who’s who of Louisville, all in the iconic Hyatt hotel spiral? Not a bad deal.

WEDNESDAY: A Fair Future for Kentucky forum in Richmond, KY

June 15, 2009

equalityCalling all social activists and allies for change!

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is participating in a series of engaging forums about sexual orientation and gender identity, all pertaining to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. The act in its current form does not include protection from discrimination for GLBTQ people, despite KCHR’s endorsements for revising it. There will be a panel of officials from KCHR (including Fairness Campaign‘s Carla Wallace), who will articulate their views about the act and why it needs to be amended. KET‘s Renee Shaw will be moderating the sessions.

And YOU can be a part of it! The panel will be taking questions from audience members, so if you want to make your voice heard, this is the time to do it. These sessions will also be broadcast on local TV, so your presence can help send a powerful signal to the viewing masses. Spread the word, bring a friend and speak out against discrimination in the Bluegrass!

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 17
6-8:30 PM

WHERE:

City Hall
239 W. Main St
Richmond, KY

SUNDAY – Pride Party and Louisville Youth Group Fundraiser

June 12, 2009

Celebrate pride and support a good cause this Sunday! The Louisville Youth Group will be hosting a party/fundraiser at Zepplin Cafe and you can join it. If you’re not in the know, the LYG is a community safe space that assists GLBTQ teens and people under the age of 21.

There will be live music by DJs The Ladykillers and Tenia Sanders; raffle tickets will be available. And if you’re interesting in knowing more about LYG, they meet every Friday from 8:30-10:30 PM (call (502) 499-4427 for meeting location).

WHEN:
Sunday, June 14
6 P.M.-12 A.M.

WHERE:
Zeppelin Cafe
1036 Burnett Ave.

HOW MUCH:
No cover; donations encouraged

FRIDAY – WFPL to cover GLBTQ Activism in Louisville

June 11, 2009

WFPL’s State of Affairs will be doing a live broadcast on Friday covering the history of GLBTQ activism in Louisville, in celebration of pride month. You can participate by calling 1-877-814-TALK, or by sending an email to soa@wfpl.org. I’m not sure about the details of the program or who’s speaking, but be sure to tune in!

(Thanks to @funambulator on Twitter for the tip! You can also follow State of Affairs on Twitter as well: http://twitter.com/soatalk)

WHEN:
Friday, June 12
1-2 P.M.

WHERE:
Your Radio – 89.3 FM
Streaming Internet Broadcast (feeds): http://www.wfpl.org/CMS/?page_id=312

Going Out: FRIDAY – Pajama Party at 21c Museum/Hotel

June 10, 2009

Get yer PJs! 21c Museum/Hotel is throwing a block party and YOU’RE invited!

The iconic arthouse in Louisville’s business district is hosting its 4th Annual Pajama Party, all to raise funds for the International Contemporary Art Foundation. The event guarantees you a night of fine dining, exquisite performances from artistic performers from all over the world and hob-knobbing with Louisville’s elite. This event was previously pricey, but now it’s completely open to the public and all you have to do is make a donation to attend.

For more details, click here. And if you’re going for sure, stick around for the afterparty, beginning at 9 P.M. (donation required).

WHEN:
Friday, June 12
6:30-8:30 P.M.

WHERE:
21c Museum/Hotel
7th and Main Streets

HOW MUCH:
Donation required (varies). Please RSVP to pjparty@21cmuseum.org for tickets.

PRIDE 2009: Pride Kick-Off party and Mr. KFP tonight

June 6, 2009

Louisville gets ready to officially kick-off pride month with two awesome events downtown.

First up, the Mr. Kentuckiana Pride Festival at The Connection. The iconic club is known for its outlandish and packed performances, so expect the same tonight as the city selects their favorite drag king of the year.

After you’ve had some fun at Mr. KFP, you can swing by Starbase Q, who will be hosting the official Pride Kick-Off party beginning at 10 p.m. Have a drink or two, it’s the perfect time to celebrate!

For more info on KFP events, visit their Web site.

FRIDAY: The Perfect 10 at Actors Theatre

June 4, 2009

perfect10While the Louisville Visual Arts Association gets ready to blow you away visually, Louisville’s got another treat the same night, this time for your ears. Aletha Fields, Fairness Campaign co-coordinator and spoken word artist, will be reciting poetry and prose from her new series of work called, “The Perfect 10,” in association with the 10th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays. The performance (which is also on her birthday) presents Field’s wholesome thoughts on contemporary issues, spanning from pop culture, homophobia, racism and sexism.

This event also includes a pre-show by Fusion Dance Troupe, beginning at 6 p.m., and an afterparty at the Wiltshire Pantry. All proceeds benefit Fairness and the Juneteeth Legacy Theater.

WHEN:
Friday, June 5th
6-10 P.M.

WHERE:
Actor Theatre
316 W Main Street

Wiltshire Pantry
1310 E. Breckinridge St.

HOW MUCH:
$25

FRIDAY: Open Doors Project reception by Louisville Youth Group

June 4, 2009
Photo credit: Louisville Visual Arts Association

Photo credit: Louisville Visual Arts Association

Are you ready for some art?

The Louisville Visual Arts Association is gearing up for its centennial festival, in conjunction with First Friday, a monthly event in which galleries and studios in downtown Louisville open up to the public. LVAA is working with the Louisville Youth Group to host the Open Doors project, a series of works made by students that explore GLBTQ-issues through art.

If you can make it to the reception, you may want to check out the entire Market district too, as the night will kick-off one of biggest art events in Louisville of the year. Find out more here.

For more info, contact Ashley Cecil.

WHEN:
Friday, June 5
6-9 P.M.

WHERE:
Marriott’s Residence Inn
333 East Market St

Obama’s proclamation for the LGBT community

June 2, 2009

Obama just scored some major points this week by declaring this month, releasing a proclamation in support of rights for LGBT citizens. While some have previously felt he has fallen short on his promises since stepping in, it reaffirms his committment to the community in a loud and powerful way.

Here’s part of it:

“Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.”

Read the entire proclamation from the Whitehouse.gov site.