From the Pride Board
June 5, 2019
On behalf of everyone at Twin Cities Pride it is my pleasure to welcome you to Twin Cities Pride 2019!
This Pride Guide™ issue is filled with details on all your favorite Twin Cities Pride–produced events; the ever-growing number of Pride events held by local organizations, businesses, and professional sports teams; and insightful stories, poems, and art. Since we have more to share than will fit in four issues a year, additional stories can also be found at tcpridemag.com and tcpride.org/podcast/.
This year the Twin Cities Pride Festival will once again host 400 exhibitors, 40 food vendors, and 4 stages with free entertainment. A few updates this year include an additional beer garden and the elimination of tickets in the beer gardens (cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted). ASL interpreters will continue to be available on all four stages. The Autism Society of Minnesota’s The Escape Space will return and a lactation station will be a new addition.
The Rainbow Run 5K and Ashley Rukes Pride Parade will have a new route this year due to construction on Hennepin Avenue. (See pg. 44).
This year, Pride organizations around the world will commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall Uprising (aka Stonewall Riots) that took place in June 1969. The mob-owned Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village, New York, was known as a staple and haven in the underground gay community. (In 1969, the term “gay” was used as a blanket term for all in the LGBTQ+ community.) The gay community had no rights or protections under the law. This climate led to frequent police raids of bars such as the Stonewall Inn—until June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall patrons fought back.
Our 2019 theme is Generations of Pride: Resist. Exist. Persist. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the event many consider the catalyst for the modern Gay Liberation Movement, we are reminded that our fight for equality consists of past, present, and future Generations of Pride. It is their determination to Resist, Exist, and Persist that has brought us where we are today and will take us to our future!
Our Stonewall Memorial Committee has been working hard on ideas to share this important piece of LGBTQ+ history. Celebrations through education will take place at the festival throughout the weekend. A commemorative Stonewall unit will also hold a special place in the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade.
If it feels like Pride is approaching faster than usual, that’s because it is! For 2019, the date changed from the traditional last weekend in June to the weekend of June 22–23. Why the change? We want to encourage everyone to attend the first WorldPride to be held on United States soil and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. NYC Pride will host the dual-titled WorldPride | Stonewall 50 celebration through the month of June, ending with the NYC Pride March and closing ceremonies on June 30. For more information on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, visit worldpride.org.
Twin Cities Pride is lucky to have such an amazing group of people working year-round to serve our community—an awe-inspiring volunteer staff, a high-spirited and talented festival operations and event coordinator, a tireless executive director, and a dedicated volunteer board of directors.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we would like to thank you and all our sponsors for your continued support. Without you, this 47th annual Twin Cities Pride festival and other events that we support within the community would not be possible.
Board Chair, Twin Cities Pride