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Triad Pride a success
First annual event held in Greensboro attracts 700

compiled by Q-Notes staff

Triad Pride Festival chair Eric Hinson was interviewed by News Channel 14.
GREENSBORO — According to organizers, the first annual Triad Pride Festival held in Greensboro Aug. 25 attracted approximately 700 people.

Greensboro’s Alternative Resources of the Triad sponsored Triad Pride Festival 2007. “It’s a festival to celebrate the diversity within our community,” Eric Hinson, the festival’s chairman said in a interview with the Winston Salem Journal.

Hinson and others have been working on the festival for two years.

“It’s important for not only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be able to come together and express pride openly in public, but it’s also an education for people who aren’t familiar with us,” he said.

Many of the people that attended the event felt that it was evidence that the LGBT community in the region is continuing to gain wider acceptance.

“I think that the universities and the amount of just opened-minded people in the Triad area have helped us,” Hinson said.

Lawanda Jackson brought enjoyment to the festival, including the children.

Triad Pride officially kicked off Aug. 24 with festivities at Club Odyssey in Winston-Salem and Warehouse 29 in Greensboro. There was also a “Green Queen” Bingo fundraiser for the Guilford Green Foundation on Aug. 24.

The Triad Pride Rally was held Aug. 25 at Festival Park in Greensboro. Addison Ore of the Triad Health Project was the keynote speaker. Rick R. Reed, who has been described by Unzipped as “the Stephen King of gay horror” was on hand to sign copies of his latest book.

Drag Diva Lawanda Jackson (who appeared in “Miss Congeniality 2”) performed, as did the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, Karen Favreau and David Bryant. Dance music was supplied by D.J. Kimo. Festival-goers were treated to a beer garden, a comedy drag show and gay and lesbian versions of “The Dating Game.”

Later that evening, the Triad Pride Ball took place at 9:30 p.m. at Warehouse 29.

Sunday, Aug. 26, saw a morning worship service, an afternoon picnic and volleyball tournament. The three-day Triad Pride festival was topped off with the Mr. & Miss Triad Pride Pageant (also at Warehouse 29) where contestants competed for a crown, a $200 cash prize and a chance to perform at the 2008 Triad Pride Festival.

Melodious entertainment was presented by Triad Pride Men’s Chorus.

Festival goers enjoyed the fun-filled Dysfunctional Family Feud sponsored by Warehouse 29.


2007 Miss Triad Pride Paisley Parque

Performer David Bryant

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