Archive | May, 2014

Karmin Highlights 15th Annual Pride Night at California’s Great America

24 May

California’s Great America celebrated the 15th anniversary of Pride Night on Friday, May 23rd, kicking off Pride Month for the Bay Area. The event brought out thousands in the Santa Jose, Santa Clara, and nearby areas for a night of LGBT fun with various entertainment acts.

Pop duo Karmin, which has struck platinum and recorded two #1 dance hits, including Brokenhearted and Hello, rocked the main stage. Igniting the blogosphere in 2011, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube that went viral. The duo has also performed on national television for Ellen DeGeneres and Saturday Night Live.

E! network star Ross Mathews, star of the hit show Hello Ross served as Master of Ceremonies. Mathews, the former Tonight Show with Jay Leno intern, is also the best-selling author of Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.

“We are proud to have hosted Pride Night for 15 years, an event that has become a tradition in the Bay Area, and is reflective of its diversity,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

This year’s lineup also included British pop star Neon Hitch, drag queen pop group DWV (Detox, Willam, Vicky Vox), DJ Luis Perez, and Bay Area drag queen Pollo Del Mar.

Demi Lovato Named LA PRIDE Grand Marshal

20 May

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato will join the LA PRIDE parade as Grand Marshal and her participation will include a special performance. In honor of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, two of the largest Pride events in the world — LA PRIDE and NYC PRIDE — joined forces in this year’s LGBT Pride celebrations with Demi Lovato. Lovato will also headline perform at NYC Pride’s legendary Dance on the Pier on Pier 26 in Tribeca.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of both LA and NYC PRIDE celebrations this year,” says Lovato. “I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin. I am thrilled to be a part of both events as they are a wonderful celebration of independence and self-confidence.”

Long Beach Pride Draws 80,000

18 May

As the second-largest event in the city, the 31st Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade attracted about 80,000 people this weekend. The two-day festival along Shoreline Drive was headlined by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, New York hip-hop artist Cazwell, and pop singer Dev.

A lot has changed since the first parade that lasted just 30 minutes, and the two-day festival drew 5,000 people to Palm Island, which was located at the end of Pine Avenue in what is now Shoreline Drive. During the second parade, pride co-founder and president Judi Doyle wore a bulletproof vest after receiving an anonymous, threatening message on the Pride office answering machine.

For many in the crowd, the public’s acceptance of the parade, and of gays and lesbians in general, could not be more evident. The event draws named performers. The city itself is more diverse. The City Council has two members who are out: Vice Mayor Robert Garcia (who is a candidate for Mayor) and Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.

Reflections of Pride – Long Beach Pride Coming May 17 and 18

1 May

One of the area’s largest Pride events, Long Beach Pride, returns this May 17-18 with a slate of performers including Kelly Rowland, Dev, Cazwell, and Alec Mapa. Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days.