2013 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair
Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
Bronx LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Day
The annual Bronx LGBTQ Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013. This year, we are pleased to combine the event with an LGBTQ Health Fair.
The festival will be co-hosted by Appolonia Cruz and Tyra A. Ross, with DJ Eddie Cruz serving up the tunes. Over 30 out LGBTQ entertainers will sing, dance, joke, and read their way through the fun-filled afternoon.
Guest speakers will inform, educate, rally, and opine. Of course, the usual host of supportive elected officials will be on-hand, joined by a host of other speakers including comedians, authors, actors, and activists.
Check out all of the great talent that will be performing at the event (subject to change so check back often):
√ Adam Barta, Billboard Top 20 recording artist, Bronx native & resident
√ India M
√ Rok Fairies
√ Diva Jackie Dupree
√ Lady Clover Honey
√ Appolonia Cruz (co-host)
√ Tym Moss
√ Tyra A. Ross (co-host)
√ Ronnie Giles
√ Barnacle Bill
√ Sundari - The Indian Goddess
√ L'Tifah Tigerss
√ Barbie Crawford
√ Alexa Dumont
√ Sugarfree the Clown
√ Luscious Lenae
√ Ixxy (as Prince)
√ Mistah Coles
√ Alan Bounville with In Our Words Project
√ Jeannie Sol
√ Prince Dijona'e Rainbow, Mr Gay Supermodel United States at large 2013
√ Timothy Jonez
√ Jesse Vega
√ Chanel International
√ Luscious Lola
√ OUTSalsaNYC Dancers Jose & Alex
√ Princess Seqouia
√ Jay Edwards
√ In The Life Ministries Choir
√ David White, tenor
√ Johnny Sylvestri
Here are the speakers we have confirmed who will be present at the event:
► Hon. Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council
► Hon. Jose M. Serrano, New York State Senate
► Hon. Jose E. Serrano, United States House of Representatives
► Hon. Maria del Carmen Arroyo, New York City Councilmember
► Hon. Carmen E. Arroyo, New York State Assembly
► Billy Urich, International Human Rights Activist
► Andrew Cristi, author, the Peter Pandrew Trilogy
► Stephanie Schroeder, author, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide
► Kelli Dunham, RN, comic and author, Freak of Nurture
► Danielle Cody-McGrew, author
► Reverend James Dusenbury, In The Life Ministries (delivering an interfaith invocation)
► Sissy Van Dyke, stand-up comic and blogger
► Cynthia Thompkins, Esq., founder of Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE) NYC and candidate for NYC Council District 15
► Bryan Johnson, Esq., Immigration & Family Law attorney
► Hon. Luis R. Sepulveda, NYS Assembly
► Joey Boots, actor, comedian, videographer, frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show
The following organizations have confirmed their participation in our pride & health festival:
■ NYC Department of Health - HIV Prevention Program
■ Project Achieve
■ Union Community Health Center
■ NYC LGBTQS Chamber of Commerce
■ Bronx LGBTQ Center
■ International Human Rights Display
■ Waheebah's Massage Oasis, PC
■ Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
■ The Trevor Project
■ New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (NYC HHC)
■ Segundo Ruiz Belvis D&TC
■ The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality
■ The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
■ Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)
■ In Our Words Project
■ In The Life Ministries
■ St. Barnabas Hospital
■ Harm Reduction Coalition
■ Lambda Legal
■ Raising Women's Voices NY
■ Law Offices of Jan Allen Reiner
■ Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride
■ Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau
■ The Children's Village
■ Cayuga Centers
■ Hispanic AIDS Forum
■ United Bronx Parents
■ Destination Tomorrow
■ The Imperial Court of New York
■ The Gay Voice News
■ New York Life
■ Weill-Cornell Medical College
■ FDNY Office of Recruitment & Diversity
■ St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction
■ Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
■ NYC Black Pride
■ Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
■ Morris Heights Health Center
■ Iris House
■ Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD)
■ Just Pride
More information will be announced as it becomes available -- please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information about this exciting new way of celebrating LGBTQ Pride in The Bronx.
If you would like to assist with the planning of this event, or would like to perform or exhibit, please contact Peter C. Frank at 914-417-9579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All questions, including media inquiries, about this event should be directed to Bronx LGBTQ Center's secretary, Peter C. Frank at 914-417-9579 or email@example.com.
Bronx LGBTQ Center
PO Box 356
Bronx, NY 10463
Attn: Bronx Pride Committee
When & Where
The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center of The Bronx, Incorporated (the "Bronx LGBTQ Center") is a new 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in The Bronx whose purpose is to provide a safe space for all LGBTQ individuals in The Bronx and surrounding areas to meet, gather, socialize, and receive support and services from other organizations; to conduct outreach and provide educational programs for its members, the community-at-large, and the public; and to advocate on behalf of issues important to the LGBTQ community.
We are diligently working toward raising the funds necessary to secure an operating space and begin serving the needs of our communities within The Bronx and surrounding areas. The monies raised by our events will be used in furtherance of our mission, which is stated in the first paragraph.
We are actively seeking people who are interesting in helping us serve the community and need as much help as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help out, or call him at 914-417-9579.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. WHY ARE TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?
A. These events are fundraisers, not just a party for everyone to attend. In order to raise the monies required to build and operate a new community services center that will serve the needs of the LGBTQ community, we need to bring in the money required for us to do so. We must cover all of our expenses and then pull in additional money to ensure our operational survival.
It will take approximately $100,000 - $250,000 to open and fund a new center for one year, and that is the amount of money we're seeking to raise before opening in a new space. This does not include any payments to employees; it is just for rent, utilities, equipment, and other expenses in beginning to provide services to the community, which are all additional expenses that must be paid for, as well.
Q. WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY?
A. The money goes to the newly-incorporated Bronx Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center, Incorporated; the corporate entity that was formed in order to set up and run the new community services center in The Bronx, whose mission statement is printed above. All funds will be used in furtherance of the Bronx LGBTQ Center's mission.
Q. IS THE CENTER REGISTERED?
A. Yes, we are a registered New York State Not-For-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, governed by all the applicable laws of such non-profit organizations operating in New York State.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO SPACE?
A. We are a brand-new organization formed after the fall of the old Bronx Community Pride Center. No one from the old Bronx Pride Center is involved with our new organization. We are currently in the midst of raising the funds required to open in a new space, which as describe above required between $100-$250k.
Q. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/HELP OUT?
A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail email@example.com or call (347) LGBT-BX-1
Q. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MEMBERSHIPS?
A. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is a membership-based organization. Individuals and Families can purchase a membership in the new center, which gives them the right to vote during annual membership meetings. More information about Memberships, pricing, types, levels, and amounts will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
We need to raise $3,000 to pay permit fees and other related expenses to hold our first pride event this month. Please donate now at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org/p/save-bronx-pride-2013.html