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$1.7 Million Grant to Transform Lives Touched by HIV in Phoenix – Southwest Center™ for HIV/AIDS

 

SWCHIV

PRESS RELEASE

June 16, 2017 (PHOENIX): Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is pleased to announce it is one of 30 grantees in the United States to receive a 5-year, 1.7 million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance HIV prevention and outreach services in Arizona. In 2016, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS performed over 5,000 free Rapid HIV and 3,000 STI tests for the Phoenix community. Thanks to the generous $1.7 million federal grant funding, Southwest Center will now be able to increase the accessibility of their free and low-cost HIV and STI tests to an even larger population of Arizonans whose lives have been touched by HIV. 

“Over 17,000 men and women are living with diagnosed HIV in Arizona. Many more live without knowledge of the disease,” says Gary Egan, Interim CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. “This grant will be instrumental in helping us and our community partners improve the lives of those 17,000 individuals and others who are at risk for HIV.”

Through a collaborative partnership between one-n-ten and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, the grant funds will be used to provide comprehensive, high-impact HIV prevention services to young, Hispanic men who have sex with men between the ages of 13 and 29. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hispanic/Latino community is disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2014 alone, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for nearly a quarter of new HIV diagnoses in the United States, despite representing only 17% of the total U.S. population.

Not only will the funding be used to increase accessibility to HIV and STD testing among those at highest risk for infection, it will aim to re-engage previously diagnosed individuals who are now out-of-care, connect and retain diagnosed individuals to critical medical care and support services, and ensure that individuals who are at high risk for infection have access to critical prevention and support, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Additionally, project materials and services are being developed to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking individuals.

Founded in 1990, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is located inside the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, conveniently located just off the light rail, and provides prevention, education and outreach services to 30,000 Maricopa County citizens each year living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk for becoming infected.

The impact of the generous CDC funding will be felt throughout the Phoenix community as it supports Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS reduce the spread of new infections, increase access to care, and promote overall health equity.

 

To learn more check out SWHIV.org!

 

About Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, a medical and support center based in Phoenix, Arizona, for people living with or at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is the largest clinical, education, behavioral health, prevention and nutrition support center dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in the Southwestern United States. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (formerly Body Positive) was founded in 1990 by Kirk Baxter. The Center’s vision, “leading the fight against HIV and AIDS” is carried out through our mission of reducing infection, improving quality of life and contributing to worldwide research. Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking HIV and AIDS-fighting drugs that earned Federal Drug Administration approval, thanks in part to the Center’s clinical trials and biomedical research program.

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Celebrate Pride Night With Us!

Pride Guide® is proud to announce we’ve partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to raise money for the LGBTQ community. Pride Guide® supporters who attend the game on June 27th will also receive admittance into a networking event on La Terraza. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to local LGBTQ charities.

 
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Celebrate Pride Night With Us!

Tuesday, June 27th

Pride Guide® is proud to announce we’ve partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to raise money for the LGBTQ community. Pride Guide® supporters who attend the game on June 27th will also receive admittance into a networking event on La Terraza.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to local LGBTQ charities. 

Please remember to note that you are a supporter of
Pride Guide® when submitting your ticket order.
We hope to see you there.

Get your tickets today:

www.dbacks.com/pride

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Complete the CMI Survey & You Could Win $50

There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

 
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Get Out & About
in May!

Jell-O Wrestling –
Tucson

Saturday, May 6th

Teams of wrestlers raise funds to wrestle in a pit of Jell-O, often with extraordinary costumes and characters. Between wrestling matches our Drag Diva Hostesses
run a live auction featuring a variety
of unique items selected to please
the crowd.

www.Jello-Wrestling.org


Saturday, May13th
6:30pm
The Parsons Center
For Health & Wellness
 
1101 N Central Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
 


3rd Annual
LGBTQ Family and
Friendship Picnic

May 28th, 2017
Noon until Sunset

Watson Lake Park off Hwy 89 (at the roundabout)
Prescott, AZ
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Every year, the LGBTQ+ Community invites every identity under the rainbow to celebrate community
& build bridges with our friends,
family, and allies.


May 25th-28th, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center

100 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 635-4306

 

Come Party With Us! 
 Saturday, November 4th 2pm to 5pm

 

 
Who: Everyone & Their Mama!

What: 5th Annual “Not Your Mama’s” Wedding & Event Expo
Produced by Pride Guide®

When: Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown
4000 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85012

Why: Because you haven’t been to a wedding & event expo
like this!  We have Arizona’s premier wedding & event vendors, a Bridal Race through Central Phoenix prior to the expo, Karaoke & Costume Contests and more FUN than you can handle.
Stay tuned for more details!

Want To Be A Vendor: Contact us at 602-466-2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com to reserve your exhibitor
space today. Space is limited & we will sell out so
please contact us before it’s too late.

Visit us online at OpenMindedExpo.com for discount tickets.
 


Complete the CMI Survey
& You Could Win $50

Your voice needs to be heard.  This is a very important survey about supporting LGBTQ friendly businesses and the current social climate.

We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective.

There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.
 


 
It should take 10-12 minutes to complete.  Please mark The Pride Guide® box at the end of the survey where it asks what media you read.

Everyone who completes the survey by May 15th, 2017 may opt to be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50.

Please forward this message to LGBT friends around the world who may be interested in participating. And please post it to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts!


Did you know you can advertise your LGBTQ friendly business any time online at GayArizona.com?


Our deadline for our printed edition of Pride Guide®
Arizona has passed but you’re still able to advertise
online any time of the year.   

Did you know we also offer:
• Solo e-news blasts to promote your company or your event •  Monthly e-news sponsorships
• Several sizes of banner ads  • Classified ads 

Call us today to learn more at 602.466.2501 or
email Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com

 

 

 

   
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Spring is in the Air…April Events!

Come Party With Us!
Who: Everyone & Their Mama!
What: 5th Annual “Not Your Mama’s” Wedding & Event Expo Produced by Pride Guide®
When: Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown 4000 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85012
Why: Because you haven’t been to a wedding & event expo like this! We have Arizona’s premier wedding & event vendors, a Bridal Race through Central Phoenix prior to the expo, Karaoke & Costume Contests and more FUN than you can handle. Stay tuned for more details!
Visit us online at OpenMindedExpo.com for discount tickets.

 
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Get Out & About
in April!

March 31st – April 2nd
Downtown Tempe
tempefestivalofthearts.com


March 31st – April 3rd
www.finalfour.com


April 8th – 9th
www.saguarocup.com


April 22nd
pattillmanfoundation.org/
pats-run/


April 27th – May 1st
www.phurfest.org

Come Party With Us!
Saturday, November 4th 2pm to 5pm




Who: Everyone & Their Mama!

What: 5th Annual “Not Your Mama’s” Wedding & Event Expo
Produced by Pride Guide®

When: Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown
4000 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85012

Why: Because you haven’t been to a wedding & event expo
like this! We have Arizona’s premier wedding & event vendors, a Bridal Race through Central Phoenix prior to the expo, Karaoke & Costume Contests and more FUN than you can handle.
Stay tuned for more details!

Want To Be A Vendor: Contact us at 602-466-2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com to reserve your exhibitor
space today. Space is limited & we will sell out so
please contact us before it’s too late.

Visit us online at OpenMindedExpo.com for discount tickets.


Make sure you stop by the Pride Guide® booth & say hello!


Did you know you can advertise your LGBTQ friendly business any time online at GayArizona.com?


Our deadline for our printed edition of Pride Guide®
Arizona has passed but you’re still able to advertise
online any time of the year.

Did you know we also offer:
• Solo e-news blasts to promote your company or your event • Monthly e-news sponsorships
• Several sizes of banner ads • Classified ads

Call us today to learn more at 602.466.2501 or
email Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com

 
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NGLCC Releases Historic "America’s LGBT Economy" Report

 
NGLCC Releases Historic
 “America’s LGBT Economy” Report,
Suggests LGBT Businesses Add
$1.7 Trillion to US Economy and
Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs Nationwide
 
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce snapshot of
Certified LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs) explores powerful economic contributions to America across all business sectors
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, has released the first-ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. The America’s LGBT Economy report explores the revenues, types, sizes and geography of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by NGLCC, as well as the number of jobs they create and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
 
NGLCC’s “America’s LGBT Economy” report can be viewed and downloaded at www.nglcc.org/report
 
Bob Witeck of certified LGBTBE Witeck Communications helped prepare this landmark report.  Witeck’s works has helped give voice to the LGBT community and our annual spending power. Now he has helped NGLCC produce the first look at our economic impact as a business community.
 
“The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to evidence, through this report, what we’ve observed since our founding fifteen years ago — that America’s LGBT business owners are driving our economy upward and deserve every opportunity to keep creating jobs and innovating our industries. The estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners NGLCC advocates for have truly earned a place at the equality table,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “If you are an LGBT business owner and not yet certified, you’re leaving opportunities on the table to help your business and our economy grow. For the LGBT community, this also means we are missing out on more accurate data, role models, job creator, and future success stories that prove ‘If you can buy it, a Certified LGBTBE can supply it.'”

“These numbers tell the real story,” said Bob Witeck, President of Witeck Communications, a certified LGBTBE that served as the analyst for this report. “While our community’s $917 billion spending power highlights our market clout, the jobs, tax revenues and profits we create as employers and entrepreneurs define our full economic value to America. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of our potential.”
 
“At NGLCC, we have nearly 200 corporate and government partners that understand not only the value of the LGBT dollar, but the economic imperative of inclusivity and LGBT visibility in their supply chains and marketplace. This groundbreaking report proves our NGLCC philosophy that economic visibility, just like social visibility, is essential in building a diverse and inclusive society,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell.
Be Sure to Follow NGLCC for the Latest News Updates


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Check NGLCC’s social media channels regularly for special posts to share with your network. Help us spread this important, unprecedented analysis of the impact our LGBT-owned businesses make on our economy.  This is OUR story!
Now is the Time to Get Certified!


 
This groundbreaking report serves as a powerful reminder of the benefits of LGBT certification and the collective strength of our business community.
 
If you’ve considered certification before or know a business owner who is eligible, now is the time to begin the process. The certification process is simple and made easier with help from the members of the NGLCC Supplier Diversity Team.
 
Visit www.nglcc.org/get-certified to learn about the process.
 

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Pride Guide Arizona January News!

Our rates are ONE PRICE, ONE FULL YEAR of exposure in print & online at www.GayArizona.com, the premier LGBT travel, wedding and business resource guide. Contact us at 602.466.2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com to secure your space by January 13th! You can also sign up with ease online at: www.GayArizona.com/Advertise
 
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January Events You
Won’t Want to Miss!

January 6th and 7th:
10am – 6pm
January 8th: 10am-4pm

London Bridge Renaissance Faire Lake Havasu City, AZ
at Windsor Beach.

LondonBridgeRenFaire.com


The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival—
Jan 12-22, 2017

For more information
please visit:
TucsonJazzFestival.org


January 27-29, 2017

Center for the Performing Arts
Paradise Valley
Community College
Phoenix, Arizona

DesperadoFilmFestival.com


It’s Not Too Late To Advertise!

Our rates are ONE PRICE, ONE FULL YEAR of exposure in print & online at www.GayArizona.com, the premier LGBT travel, wedding and business resource guide.

Contact us at 602.466.2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com
to secure your space by January 13th!

You can also sign up with ease online at:
www.GayArizona.com/Advertise

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Don’t miss these exciting shows coming soon to ASU Gammage.

• THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY –
January 17-22, 2017
• AGING MAGICIAN – January 28, 2017
• MATILDA THE MUSICAL – February 7-12, 2017

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona, January 14-15, 2017

There’s still time to register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon January 14-15, 2017. Not your ordinary marathon, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona combines running, travel and entertainment that make it a world-class event for participants and spectators alike. Highlights include music provided by more than 50 local bands and cheer squads positioned along the course, and perfect weather. Events culminate in a free concert that’s open to the public at Tempe Beach Park featuring the headliner Toad the Wet Sprocket from 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m.


Photo by: Nils Nilsen

The marathon course begins in Phoenix, races through Scottsdale and finishes in Tempe. The ½ marathon course begins and ends in Tempe. Participants can choose to run the marathon, ½ marathon, 10K or 5K. Kids can get involved too with the KiDS Rock Arizona race. For more information, including hotels close to the finish line, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website.


Get to and from your New Year’s destinations safely by using Lyft!

Here’s a code specifically for Pride Guide® clients and friends. New users can earn $5 off your first 10 rides with Lyft!
Please be safe! www.Lyft.com

Use code: PGXMASJOY

   
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2nd Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees & Lights

The-ArboretumFlagstaff, November 7th The Arboretum at Flagstaff and The Flagstaff Arts Council present the 2nd Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees beginning this weekend, November 11th through December 3rd. Individuals, schools, organizations and businesses have beautifully decorated and donated a tree or other seasonal item to the festival, all to be raffled on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at The Arboretum.

Over 45 decorated holiday trees, wreaths and seasonal décor is on display in the historic Walter Reichardt House at the Arboretum from November 11—December 3, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays 3-8pm, and on Sundays 4-7pm. New this year, a courtyard light display to enjoy along with campfires, hot cider and cocoa, wine on Saturdays, and different live entertainment each night. One hundred percent of all funds raised will benefit The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council.

Seasonal tree festivals are a popular annual holiday tradition in many communities in this country. According to Erin Evans and Peter Jolma, Co-Chairs of the organizing committee, “Flagstaff and the Arboretum will provide an ideal setting for this event and will be a wonderful way to start the holidays. Donors and participants will represent a broad spectrum of local organizations and businesses, and the event will showcase the Flagstaff community’s creative skills and interests.

For more information, please visit www.thearb.org, or call Victoria Leone at 928-774-1442, ext. 124.

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Natural to Knockout: Complimentary LGBT Community Luncheon

“It’s All for You” Complimentary LGBT Community Luncheon MEET & GREET Oct. 30th 1pm-4pm Come have lunch with Carol Brown Three-Time Emmy Award Winner, Seven-Time Emmy Award Nominee and author of the award winning book, Natural to Knockout. Sunday, October 30th 1p – 4p in PebbleCreek, Goodyear AZ. Tuscany Falls Ballroom, PebbleCreek Country Club Address: 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395 RAFFLE: $800 GIFT BASKET OF SEACRET® PRODUCTS In addition to the raffle, all attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag that includes Seacret Superior Skin Care products (Products were at the Oscars in the celebrity gift suite).
 
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“It’s All for You”

Complimentary LGBT Community Luncheon
MEET & GREET Oct. 30th 1pm-4pm

 

Come have lunch with Carol Brown Three-Time Emmy Award Winner, Seven-Time Emmy Award Nominee and author of the award winning book, Natural to Knockout.
 

Sunday, October 30th 1p – 4p in PebbleCreek, Goodyear AZ.

Tuscany Falls Ballroom, PebbleCreek Country Club

Address: 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395
 

RAFFLE: $800 GIFT BASKET OF SEACRET® PRODUCTS

In addition to the raffle, all attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag that includes Seacret Superior Skin Care products (Products were at the Oscars in the celebrity gift suite).
 

 

Natural to Knockout is not just about looking good it is about your inner-self.  In order to be the best you can be and give your best to the world you have to believe in yourself, trust in yourself, love yourself and accept yourself. Natural to Knockout wants you to feel great, look great and be great to convey the incredible person you truly are.

Hear Carol speak about her experiences, and share some positive, incredible and exceptional gifts for your mind, body and soul!

Everyone who purchases the book at the luncheon will also receive a very special gift from Carol Brown. 

Seating is Limited to the FIRST 100 people!

Reserve your seat today!
 

PLEASE RSVP by: October 24,2016 by contacting us at ntkflawless@gmail.com 323-533-5050

Carol has received acknowledgements in her field as well as her community service by members of:

Congress, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, State Assembly, Lt. Governor of California, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mayor of Los Angeles, and other civic and community leaders and organizations.

Carol’s biographical sketch has appeared in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Women.

In addition to working with celebrities on television, film, Stage and print, Carol has years of experience inspiring people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders to use various vehicles of empowerment and self-actualization to reach their goals.

Carol is also known for saying, “Your personal image is the first statement you make to the world and reflects your inner self!”
 

About Carol

Carol Brown is a three-time Emmy Award winner and seven-time Emmy Award nominee in the field of  makeup artistry. She is also an inspirational speaker and image consultant.

 

 
 
 
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Attend Bisbee Pride as a family? Absolutely!

Attending a gay pride festival as part of a family vacation? It doesn’t exactly top the popular list of family plans for summer travel. But I write from experience when I say that it’s actually a great way to bring your family together and experience something entirely different.

Our family attended Bisbee Pride 2016 this past weekend and had a fabulous time.

If you’re not familiar with pride festivals and parades, they are typically held in cities and towns around the US and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and pride. They also serve as a popular venue for promoting legal rights and equality for LGBT individuals. Cities such as Miami Beach, Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Tucson, and even towns like Bisbee host these events annually and feature everything from concerts and flamboyant parades to pool parties and pub crawls. The mood is festive, the crowd is friendly and the people-watching is exceptional. You’ll see people dressed in all variety of irreverent get-ups and whimsical costumes, but one thing you don’t see a lot of is traditional nuclear families in attendance. You might see a number of families with gay or lesbian parents, but traditional families, not so much.

A number of things brought our family together for a weekend getaway at Bisbee Pride. First, some good family friends own a handful of vacation rental homes in Bisbee and offered us a place to stay that weekend. They made the offer for a number of reasons, but the most important being: our oldest child is gay, our whole family loves visiting Bisbee, and the four of us had never attended a pride festival together. Our friends assured us it would be the experience of a lifetime, not only because Bisbee is a fun and quirky little town, but it would be a generous act of love for all of us to make this happen for our son, and it wasn’t lost on us that it fell on Father’s Day weekend.

At first, my husband was ambivalent about it. This sort of stuff just isn’t his thing, but the reasons above are what really pushed him over. With that, our teenage daughter also joined us and it became a family vacation. Our son started his summer break from his program at the U of A that Friday evening, so we picked him up and headed south to Bisbee.

When we arrived, we caught a glimpse of the crowd gathering for the Lingerie Pub Crawl. Lacking the proper attire and considering our two underaged family members, we passed on that activity, but other choices included a street dance, a cabaret, live music, a ghost tour, and a variety show. We walked around and checked out a few of the events, but didn’t stay out too late. The highlight of the evening was running into two friendly fellows dressed as nuns with colorful makeup who said they were part of the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They invited us to their Twisted Sister Bingo & Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday morning, a fundraising event to benefit a local domestic violence prevention program. They also mentioned we would see them again during the Bisbee Pride Parade on Saturday, the main event of the weekend.

During most of the day on Saturday it was a typical tourist experience in Bisbee, the crowd was a mix of tourists, locals and folks in town for the event, but nothing too outrageous. We walked through the pride booths and vendors and picked up all sorts of freebies ranging from bead necklaces and bracelets to bumper stickers and condoms. Yes, condoms; both male and female, along with other products and accessories. I’ll dispense with the specifics, but the booth was promoting safe sex and brought up some interesting dialogue between me and my kids. They learned a few things and so did I. I know not all parents feel the same as I do, but I want my kids to be able to come to me with any questions they have about sexuality and I have promised them I will answer them honestly, as best I can. Parenting a gay child brings up another whole subset of things to consider when offering guidance and it’s interesting how something as simple as picking up a free condom can open up a conversation that really needs to happen between parent and child.

My son and I had also attended Phoenix Pride the previous year and one difference we noted was that the Bisbee Pride seemed tamer and the events were more spread out. Events were happening at various locations all over town rather than in one large, centralized park area where you paid a hefty cover charge to enter. Many of the events at Bisbee Pride were free, including the parade. Also, the Bisbee crowd wasn’t quite as flamboyant with fewer folks adorned in outrageous costumes and makeup. The vast majority seemed perfectly happy in plain clothes. However, the intensity amped up on Saturday night.

The parade brought people out on their porches and lining the streets to catch a glimpse. We watched from the deck of a local restaurant, snapping photos of the colorful floats and costumes as they passed by, then followed the action into the Brewery Gulch area where bands and deejays played and the friendly crowd partied well into the night. We didn’t make it to bed until 2:00 a.m.

Despite the late night, we actually did make it to the Twisted Sisters Bingo game on Sunday morning and enjoyed some fantastic bloody marys. It was a great way to cap off an awesome weekend.

It’s worth mentioning that whether you’re attending a pride festival or not, Bisbee is still a wonderful town to visit. If you live in Arizona, you really owe it to yourself to go. It was recently named a Best Historic Small Town in America by readers of USA TODAY, and in February, Sunset magazine named Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016. Our family has visited Bisbee a handful of times, so going during a pride festival really gave us an opportunity to see it from a fresh perspective, and truly it gave us a reason to love it even more.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a family vacation to a pride festival, I would offer a couple of caveats. Our children are older, ages 16 and 19, so they weren’t shocked or confused by the adult concepts they encountered. Plus, with our oldest being gay, we had an obvious connection to what was going on and, with several extended family members who are gay, we’re accepting of LGBT people in general. Every family is different. My recommendation would be to gauge your own family’s comfort level before attending such an event together. Our encounter was very positive and we experienced something totally outside the norm for us. We made some great memories. But best of all, our son got to experience Bisbee Pride with his family, a loving show of support that he can carry with him for a lifetime.

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Pride Guide Tucson Wedding Expo – DATE CHANGE to September 25th

NEW DATE SET:

Pride Guide® Tucson’s 2nd Annual LGBT Open-Minded Wedding Expo

Date Has Moved from Sunday, June 26, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

11:30am to 4:00pm

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

OpenMindedExpo.com

 

June 17, 2016 – Due to the tragic event that unfolded in the early morning hours of June 12th at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the Pride Guide® Tucson’s Open-Minded Wedding Expo has been moved to Sunday, September 25th.  We feel our community and our nation as a whole need this time to heal.  Ticket sale proceeds from the remaining 2016 Pride Guide® Expos, will benefit the victims and families of Orlando.

We as a community must be there for each other at a devastating time like this. We send our love and prayers to the victims, friends and families of those who have passed or were injured in this senseless act of hate.

 

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Please take a stand with us and plan to attend our expos to show your support against hate and unite us all with strength in numbers!  #StayStrong

 

Phoenix Expo – Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044

Sunday, August 21st • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

Tucson Expo – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

NEW DATE:  Sunday, September 25th • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

San Diego Expo – Paradise Point Resort & Spa

1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

Sunday, October 23rd • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

Tickets for all three expos are available at OpenMindedExpo.com

 

For more information on the Pride Guide® Arizona Publication or the Pride Guide® Tucson Wedding Expo, please contact The Pride Guides® office at 602-466-2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com.

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