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Ask, Don’t Tell” – a policy that barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service – has been repealed.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.)