December PRIDE

by Chad Hundley

With the Holidays upon us, it is easy to let the hustle and bustle of the season stress and wear us out. I know that for myself, personally, with working at the Pride Center five days a week, participating in the Rainbow Bowling League, trying to stay active being on the Empress’s Line of Decent for the Imperial Court of Kentucky, dealing with a teenage daughter, maintaining a relationship with my partner of eight years, attending as many fundraisers for our community as possible and chairing the upcoming Lexington Pride Festival in June, things are bound to stress me out. Regardless of all that, I have to remember that everything I do, I have committed to myself; so then it doesn’t seem as bad.

It is easy for everyone to focus on the end of the year, but let me assure you that there is a group of volunteers that have not lost focus on what comes after the end of the calendar year. With Pride 2015 just a little over six months away, we have been hard at work brainstorming new ideas and preparing to make this the most profitable, diverse and memorable Pride this city has seen yet.

The sponsorship packets are out and being circulated for what we hope is the largest group of sponsors thus far. Kat Wilkie and her sub-committee are hard at work on contacting over 500 businesses and organizations. For more information on being a sponsor for Pride 2015, please contact sponsors@lexpridefest.org.

The Logistics committee and Vendor Liaisons have updated the vendor applications and they will be available and posted on January 1. I will guarantee you that we will sell out very early, so get your applications in when they are released! You may contact Kira Goldade and Christi Wilson at vendors@lexpridefest.org with any questions before then as well.

Sarah Brown, Jessica Garner and the Marketing/Advertising and Merchandising committees have tons of new ideas for Pride merchandise and making the Pride Guide more interactive, and the logo looks great!

On Sunday, December 14, Todd Ryser-Oatman and our Fundraising committee have organized a Dine to Donate at all four of the Lexington Applebee’s from opening till close. Please, in the midst of all your holiday shopping, swing by and have lunch or dinner at one of the four Lexington Applebee’s, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Lexington Pride Festival. Make sure you tell your server that you are participating in the GLSO’s Dining To Donate so your ticket will be counted.

Also coming up on Wednesday, December 17, the Imperial Court of Kentucky will be hosting our annual A Very Fairy Christmas fundraiser starting at 9pm at The Bar Complex. Please come out and support us in our endeavors. You will be able to take a picture with Sexy Santa, Ms. Claus and some sexy elves, and watch a great Christmas-themed drag show put on by the Imperial Court. There will be a $5 suggested donation for this event.

As always, I invite you to attend any of our planning meetings, with the next one being held on Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 located at the GLSO Pride Center. We are always needing new and fresh ideas and volunteers that are eager to help their community in any areas you wish to help. You can be involved as much as you want to be! We have an amazing group on the committee already and input from everyone else only makes it better! You can contact me directly at chad@lexpridefest.org with any questions and I will be happy to speak with you! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe and be blessed!

Support Pride at Applebee’s!

Applebee's Dine to Donate flyer

Join us on Sunday December 14th at your local Lexington Applebee’s for Lexington Pride’s Dine to Donate fundraiser. By presenting this flyer, 10% of your bill will go to help us put on an awesome Pride this summer!

  •  2299 Richmond Rd Lexington, KY 40502
  •  1856 Alysheba Way Lexington, KY 40509
  •  4009 Nicholasville Rd, Block B Lexington, KY 40503
  •  1761 Sharkey Way Lexington, KY 40511