Organization celebrates 27th year with Festival & Concert on June 26-27 at Public Square Park
Nashville Pride is proud to announce a series of incredible Pride events to celebrate LGBT equality in Nashville, culminating with the Nashville Pride Festival and Concert on June 26-27 at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. Official events throughout the entire month of June are designed to celebrate the culture and the continuous strive for equality throughout Middle Tennessee. In addition to official events, the organization has partnered with many local and regional organizations and businesses within Middle Tennessee to further celebrate LGBT culture within the community. The Nashville Pride Festival and Concert is driven by Bridgestone and more than 20 corporate sponsors throughout Middle Tennessee.
Nashville Pride Board President and straight ally, Claudia Huskey noted, “There has never been a more exciting time for Nashville Pride than the summer of 2015. This June will bring a huge Supreme Court decision that could change the lives of thousands of men, women and families from Nashville and all across Tennessee. The Nashville Pride Festival will be the perfect place to, hopefully, celebrate this tremendous achievement for equal rights.”
The theme of the 2015 Nashville Pride Festival is, “Forward Together” which the organization hopes will continue to foster a welcoming sense of inclusiveness for all members of the LGBT community, in addition to our straight allies. Huskey added that, “The stronger our numbers are of LGBT people who are out and thriving and the more straight allies who support the LGBT community, the faster equality will happen, and the more we can accomplish together.”
Highlights from Pride Month include a Drag Queen Brunch on June 14th with POP Nashville, A Night Out with the Nashville Sounds on June 18th and a performance with Bianca Del Rio at Tennessee Performing Arts Center on June 19th. Also notably, the LGBT Mayoral Forum will take place at the Blair School of Music in Ingram Hall on June 23rd. The entire list of events scheduled throughout the month can be found on the organization website at nashvillepride.org.
This year, Nashville Pride has announced an incredible lineup of musical acts to perform at the annual celebration of Pride and Equality with it’s most diverse lineup ever. Grammy Award winner, MYA, St. Lucia, The Veronicas, Cazwell and Chad Michaels are all slated to appear, along with a series of regional and local acts. Festival Director, Jack Davis of JD Festivals & Events, shared, “As the festival has grown, our entertainment budget has improved allowing us to continue to bring in larger acts each year. The Nashville Pride Concert & Festival has gained a reputation or treating artists well and giving them a great Nashville experience, so we’re attracting larger acts each year. It’s an event they want to be a part of.” A full listing of acts and showtimes can be found at nashvillepride.org/festival.
As the organization looks back on the 27 year history of celebrating equality and LGBT pride in the city, past President, Joseph Woodson shared that, “Pride has grown from a small festival in a park to a grand celebration of diversity at the heart of Music City. In the last two years alone, Pride has expanded the festival to a weekend-long event, moved our location to literally the doorstep of our city and state government, more than doubled the Friends with Benefits membership program, developed meaningful, productive relationships with our city’s top officials, and hosted thousands more in attendance than ever before.”
The Nashville Pride Equality Walk in partnership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce takes place on Saturday, June 27th, businesses and organizations of all sizes are invited to participate, to show their support for LGBT equality. The walk is sponsored by Vanderbilt University and will kick off at 10am. Organizations and businesses interested in participating can apply at nashvillepride.org/equalitywalk.
Weekend passes, VIP Passes and General Admission tickets for the Nashville Pride Festival & Concert are available now at nashvillepride.org. Weekend and VIP Passes are expected to sell out, quickly. Admission to the Nashville Pride Festival on June 27th is $5 cash, at the gate. For further event details and up to the minute announcements, follow Nashville Pride on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by searching Nashville Pride.
The purpose of Nashville Pride is to maintain a sense of community and awareness of, about, and for gay lesbian bisexual transgender people and culture throughout Middle Tennessee.