Hello LGBTIQA Pride Festival Attendees:

I�d like to welcome you to the 33rd annual Pride Festival, centered on our theme of �MY PRIDE �.� This is the second year that we have expanded to an entire week of activities and events planned for you. Celebrating the diversity within our own community, we�ve tried to plan something for everyone, whether this is your first festival or your 33rd.
The mission of Show Me Pride is to PARTNER with, RESPECT, INSPIRE, DEVELOP and EDUCATE the surrounding community about LGBTIQA diversity and civil liberties, locally and globally.

We think it�s worked! Alongside our veteran partners, we have new partnerships with AMC Theaters, Lucky Strike, the Garment District, Jones Pool, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Skate World, and Cosentino�s and a host of new exhibitors. We couldn�t be more pleased with the results!

For the first time in Kansas City, rainbow pole banners will hang along 14th and Walnut Streets to commemorate Gay Pride week for the entire community to see.

Our board of volunteers has worked tirelessly to bring you a week of Pride activities, including the Military Memorial, the movie Forever�s Gonna Start Tonight at The Tivoli, a Candlelight Vigil dedicated to transgender issues, Educational Symposiums partnered with the LGCCKC, a Lesbian Party, Interfaith Service with Spaghetti Social immediately following, Quilt Dinner, Power the Light with Pride, the Street Festival, and finally the Rally/March. I couldn�t be more pleased or proud of that group of people who have given so much of themselves to provide you these incredible events!

There�s always room for growth, improvement, and change. We welcome any of you to get involved with our organization, starting in July, as we begin planning for the 2012 festival.

This week couldn�t be done without the help of countless people, organizations, and establishments who are devoted to our movement and provide opportunities to us to raise money and awareness, and provide education. We are so thankful to our returning sponsors, our new sponsors, our community organizations and establishments, and to each and every one of the exhibitors and vendors who bring their information, products, and spirit to our festival for each and every one of you. Please support them and show them how much you care that they care about you.

The return of the festival to the city�s central core marks the first time since 2002 that we�ve had a street festival. We listened to the surveys taken in late 2009, with the input of more than 400 of you. In response to this survey question, respondents overwhelmingly asked us to move this direction. We�re hoping that all of you will come out, come out ... wherever you are .... and stand proudly, in solidarity, with your fellow LGBTIQA community and open the minds and hearts of our fellow Kansas Citians. We believe that the festival is not just for us, but about us as well. It is only when we EDUCATE that we will begin to DEVELOP relationships that might INSPIRE others to RESPECT us and PARTNER with us to change the laws of our city, states, and nation where we can all live equal, safe, and proud.
Rick Bumgardner
President, Show Me Pride

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SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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