For the members of the Nashville Pride Board of Directors the quest to produce one of the largest and best gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) festivals in Tennessee is no small task.

“We are able to accomplish our task of holding the most prevalent PrideFest in Tennessee, in large part, because of the generous sponsorship from companies both large and small throughout Tennessee and, for that matter, across the country,” says Pride President Todd Grantham.

“We are so very fortunate that many organizations in Tennessee are very giving and generous when it comes to their time, talents and money.  We really couldn’t survive without them,” echos Pride Vice-President, Jeanna Emert.

“This year we have added some additional national sponsors and we are grateful to have them as a part of PrideFest,” continues Grantham. “But I am truly excited to announce that this year’s PrideFest will be presented by Out & About Newspaper. It seems only logical that the largest newspaper focusing on the GLBT community in Nashville and Tennessee should be the major supporter of the largest GLBT festival in Tennessee…we couldn’t be happier with their decision to be our Presenting Sponsor."

Out & About Newspaper joins the following sponsors who also are lending their support to the 19th Annual PrideFest:

Gold Level
Blue Gene’s, Instinct Magazine, iOut Nashville, Nashville Scene, Night Technologies, Outloud Books and Gifts, Packers & Poodles/ Village Real Estate, Petco, SBResults, Tribe & Play
 
Silver Level
Bridgestone, Church Street Freedom Press, ID Lube, Lucky's Garage, Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport
 
Rainbow Level
Budweiser, Remax/Elite, SunTrust, Verizon

Non-Profit Organization Sponsor
Stonewall Mission Church, TN Youth Suicide Prevention

The purpose of PrideFest is to help bring together GLBT people as well as their families, friends and supporters in order to help foster a sense of pride, community and awareness of, about, and for GLBT people and culture through education and outreach to the GLBT community and the Middle Tennessee community at large.

This year’s Pridefest will be held Saturday, June 2, at Nashville’s Centennial Park beginning at 11:00 a.m.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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