“Raising the Colors” for AV Pride 2012

LANCASTER – The OUTreach Center has announced the theme for the fourth annual Pride Festival, to be held June 30 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Raising the Colors.”

The winning slogan and its accompanying graphic was submitted by former Senior Airman Charles McCrory, now a civilian serving at Edwards Air Force Base in flight testing.

The design depicts the Rainbow Flag ascending the flagpole.

“For me, ‘Raising the Colors’ is a symbol to rally all those who support equality to advocate for human rights and to raise awareness of prejudice, ignorance, and the injustices they cause,” said McCrory in a news release. “The sun, a relentless force in the Antelope Valley, shines brightly as a symbol reminding us that we must also be relentless to defeat prejudice.  The sun illuminates the colors which promote the diversity that the rainbow flag represents as it inspires us with the courage necessary to increase our visibility.”

This Pride season will be the first where “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – a policy that barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service – has been repealed.  For the first time, gay men and lesbians in uniform are free to serve openly in the military.

AV Pride 2012 will take place from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.

The event features all-day stage performances, more than 60 vendors, and food and beverages to include the Spirits Pavilion.

The event is free and open to the public.

A $5 fundraising dance is scheduled for 7 p.m. featuring DJ Ceil.

For more information, visit www.outreachcenterav.org/pride-2012.html, or call 661-92-PRIDE.

(Information via press release from The OUTreach Center.)

  8 comments for ““Raising the Colors” for AV Pride 2012

  1. meghan
    December 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    or we can sit in our well boring lifes, and see what we can say or do to ya know..like every gay site, more well, you know gay bashing, so you know like, feel bettter about ourselfs and such, cause like we hAve nothing better to do in our BORING straight lifes.

  2. Kat
    June 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    We, as FLAMBOYANT, GAY-EVENT-CENTRIC HOMOSEXUALS, are totally focused on conversion. That’s right! We TOTALLY wish everyone were gay.

    Truly though, Pollyanna, we don’t have so much pride for being gay as you do for being straight.
    Though they’re fun, it’s a shame we even need events such as this to make ourselves known and considered in the general human populace.

  3. Jamie
    June 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Okay, I’m not interested in the commotion either but I’m certainly not going to knock anyone’s fun. Support the people, love everyone and give it all away.

  4. Roger
    June 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Right! Hurray for gay being normal! Now, lets direct our attention to making animal-love normal too! What a wonderful world it’s becoming!!

    • William
      June 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Great! Eventually, they might find someone to love you and Pollyanna. Eventually.

  5. Nope
    June 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Ace, get a life

    • Kat
      June 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      So you’re advising me (along with every other supporter of this event) to “get a life?”
      What kind of life is better than this one, in which I fight for human rights and against the discrimination dealt with by me and other LGBT identifiers every single day?
      What kind of sanctimonious life do you up hold?

      • WhoDat
        June 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

        It applies to you, only if your name is Ace. (Read the post again)

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