RALEIGH, N.C. — Volunteers and staffers with the LGBT Center of Raleigh announced today that their annual OutRaleigh festival will be held on May 5, 2012.

Organizers say the event’s date is significant, coming just three days before the scheduled vote on an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment that would ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

“At a time when North Carolina is in the national spotlight, let’s make America’s LGBTQ and ally communities proud, and quash bigoted legislation with pride, fortitude, and solidarity,” the group said in a release.

OutRaleigh Executive Committee Co-Chair Mitch Null said the center expects to increase the event’s turnout well over 2010’s numbers. In May, the group held its first OutRaleigh and attracted more than 6,000 participants.

“[W]e anticipate 2012 to bring in well over 10,000 given the tremendous growth by the LGBT Center of Raleigh and our partnership with Equality NC and HRC to ensure the public is properly educated about [the anti-LGBT amendment] and the importance of showing up to vote,” Null said in an email.

The group says they will be expanding the festival’s footprint in 2012 and include more entertainment, children’s activities and vendors.

For more information, visit outraleigh.org or lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.