Your Pride Guide 2014 

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

Pride reaffirms our identity. And it dances to a different beat. What started out in Los Angeles in 1988 as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to over 35 gatherings nationwide. Each year celebrations start in April and continue to October. Over 300,000 LGBTQ people of African descent rev up for a weekend of social and cultural events celebrating their queer uniqueness. In 2007 alone over 350,000 attended Black Gay Pride events throughout the U.S. The largest events are held in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles…

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2014 PrideFest Entertainment

Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart” Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music’s most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them number 1 hits such as “Tell It To My Heart” & “Prove Your Love To Me”. Taylor has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three GRAMMY nominations and appeared in many film, television, and Broadway stage roles such as Elton John’s, Aida. Kristine W…

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Kristine W Gets a Little Closer

Pop Diva Performs Revolution Interview by Mark Dawson “So Close To Me is a celebration of the magic of spending time with loved ones,” explains Vegas’ leading party diva Kristine W about the next single off her New and Number Ones record.  She will perform the song, along with several other dance floor hits from the album, June 14th at Long Island Pride. Kristine hopes So Close To Me will serve as a reminder to club fans that no matter how many electronic gadgets are invented, there is no stronger…

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Take Pride In Your Look

Summer Tips for Fabulous Hair Summer is just around the corner and we all know that the sun we live with today is quite stronger than the sun of yester-year. Be ready for it with some tips from Diana Rusinak-Acevedo, owner of Salon per Lea in Bethpage. Stronger sun doesn’t just mean you should worry about your skin but your hair and scalp should be protected also to maintain your “pride and joy”. Here are a few helpful tips. Protect Your Scalp Just like you would never go out without…

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LGBTrue Stories

You probably got plenty of reading done during the Polar Vortex because who in their right mind would leave the house? But just because the weather has improved doesn’t mean that you should skimp on your reading. Here are a few suggestions for the Pride season. Strong Women Journalist and blogger Kelly Cogswell tells her own story in Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (University of Minnesota, 2014). Cosgrove immersed herself in activism, plunging into the explosive, fire-eating world of in-your-face action all in the name of making…

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Perfect Pride Recipes

Rainbow Layer Cake What you’ll need •  2 boxes vanilla cake mix •  Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow) •  6 eggs •  2 cups water •  1 cup oil •  Frosting (of your choice) How to make it Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among 6 small bowls, about 1 1/3…

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A Picnic in the Park

Make sure you have the top 5 essentials to enjoy all PrideFest has to offer in Heckscher Park by coming prepared! Blanket or Chair Dancing to Taylor Dayne and other PrideFest headliners may make you tired, so be prepared to sit and stay a while. A folding chair or picnic blanket on the grass is a must-have. Sunscreen If the weather is in full summer swing, you’ll want some protection from the sun. Bring sunscreen, some sunglasses, or an umbrella. Camera Whether you’re snapping pictures of local drag performers, dancing…

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Living Healthy Your Pride Guide 2014 

Taking Pride in Your Religion

Ahhh, June! Time to get your Pride on! Gay Pride celebrations are happening every weekend in the tri-state area and beyond. For those of us who have been around a while (you know who you are!), this era of unprecedented acceptance of gays in the mainstream media, pro sports, politics and entertainment is both humbling and empowering. Today’s gay youth will never truly understand the struggles of those who came before them; the drag queens who fought back at Stonewall, the radical dykes whose in-your-face attitudes helped advance women’s rights,…

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2014 Grand Marshal & PrideFest Host

Edie Windsor – Grand Marshal Edie has been a strong advocate for the rights of the GLBT community through her inspirational fight and United States Supreme Court victory which ended the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In a recent Newsday interview, she stated that she is  “thrilled and honored to be the Grand Marshal of the Long Island Pride Parade – especially so to be marching with Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) and the entire Long Island community.” Aunt Barbara – PrideFest Host When she is not thrilling…

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PrideFest 2014 – Where to Go

The Long Island Pride Parade will begin at the Huntington Cinema Arts Center in Huntington Village on Park Avenue, turn left along Main Street, and end at the Heckscher Park entrance at the corner of Main Street and Prime Avenue. The Parade kicks off at 12 p.m. and draws thousands of spectators: arrive early to find the best view and cheer on this year’s marchers! PrideFest 2014 TD Bank VIP Lounge – Kick back and relax in this covered and cozy tent sponsored by TD Bank. Tickets are $30. Free…

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TD Bank VIP Lounge

A true VIP experience awaits you at the 2014 PrideFest! The TD Bank VIP Lounge will again be providing an amazing experience for all to enjoy the incredible entertainment that PrideFest has to offer. Amenities include comfortable seating, shade from the sun, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, signature drinks (Iced-TD’s), private bathrooms, and exclusive stage front access – the best place to enjoy all of the entertainment! Tickets are $30*. Purcahse your tickets at PrideFest or in advance at lipride.org. *TD Bank cardholders receive free access to the exclusive…

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LI Pride: A 24 Year History

The Long Island Pride Parade traces its origins to over twenty years ago when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders – Leah Gustavson, David Kilmnick, Cara Wilson and Steve Hanaghan – approached the Town of Huntington to grant a permit to hold the first Pride Parade. The request was denied by the town on the grounds that only “traditional” parades were allowed on Huntington’s streets.  The committee was represented by the ACLU and the matter was heard in a federal court on May 28, 1991 by Judge…

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