Several Events Will Celebrate Pride This Year

PrideFest Kansas City
The Kansas City Diversity Coalition is planning its KC Pridefest for June 5-7 at Richard Berkley Riverfront Park with the theme “Love Is the Cure.”

They have announced some of their entertainment.

Friday, June 5, will feature internationally known DJ Barry Harris. Cyon Flare, known for high-energy dance and music, will also perform.

Saturday, June 6, will feature “The First Ladies of Disco” headlining the evening, including Martha Wash, Linda Clifford and Evelyn “Champagne” King. Other entertainers that day will include MK Nobilette and Josh Zuckerman.

The organizers say that more details will be added at gaypridekc.org as they are finalized.
MoKan Comm-Unity Consortium
A new group in Kansas City, the MoKan Comm-UNITY Consortium, formed in June 2014 to look into hosting a new Pride event. After months of meetings, the organizers have decided to hold a new event in September this year called (Out)KC Festival that will be different from the annual Pride festival as we’ve known it in Kansas City.

The group meets twice a month at the LIKEME Lighthouse, 3909 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., to plan the event, which they say will represent every aspect of the LGBTQIA community. Their meetings -- at 7 p.m. -- in March and April are March 30, April 13 and April 27. Meetings are open to the public.

This year or in future years they hope to feature a kickoff party, parade, and festival with entertainment, education, and exhibits. Family-friendly events and entertainment for kids are also planned. Mid-America Pride will help introduce October’s LGBTQIA History Month with a focus on the history of Pride, on its impact on the community around us, and on the education necessary to lead the community into the future. The event’s theme is “PRIDE Isn’t Just a Holiday.” It seeks to encourage and empower everyone to show their pride all year long, especially as a way to educate and support the community as a whole.

MoKan Comm-UNITY Consortium is a nonprofit group of volunteers, with an emphasis on representing as much of the community and smaller LGBTQIA service groups as possible. Interested groups, businesses, and individuals can find the group at facebook.com/MidAmericaPride or via email at media@mokancc.org.
Latino Gay Pride
The organizers have been busy doing fundraisers, creating a new logo and making lots of plans for the Sept. 11-12 event in Westport and at Gillham Park in Hyde Park.

They describe the inspiration for the new logo designed by Erick Rojas: “The design of this year’s logo represents our city, the sculpture depicting us as the City of Fountains, the colors of the water indicating the incredible diversity found here in our city, not just in culture, race, but sexual orientation as well. It’s a city of pride, of history, of welcome....it’s our heritage - just like in the Latino community....and we wanted to share that with not only Kansas Citians, but tourists who visit as well.”

Look for more information at latinogaypridekc.com.
Kansas City Black Pride
The organizers have announced the dates of their events: Aug. 7-10. Other details have not been released yet, but we will share information as we get it. Check out their Facebook page for Kansas City Black Pride.
St. Joseph Pride
This is the third year for Pride by our neighbors just an hour away from Kansas City. Once again, St. Joe is planning a Pride parade and festival. The dates will be June 19-20. 

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