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For the tenth year, Bakersfield LGBTQ is proud to present the Annual Pride Festival.

Saturday, October 19, 3-10pm, Stramler Park, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, Sykotic Ink, St. Pauls' Episcopal Church, Less Than 3 Press and Mike Niemann Graphic Design! The day will be full of family-friendly fun, friends, food, vendors, entertainment and laughter! Make your plans now to attend! We welcome EVERYONE who is supportive of LGBTQ rights!

Entertainers include some of favorites from 10 years, like Ask Alice and Michelle Weingarden; LGBTQ's own Rainbow Voices Chorus; Belly Dancers, and of course, the Pride Divas Drag Show, the best local Drag Show you'll ever see! Portions of the program will be interpreted for the deaf. The special Kidzone will have new games and plenty to entertain the under-10 in your life! 

The Food & Beverage section includes amazing BBQ specialties, pizza, Mexican food, Shave ice, coffee drinks, and of course, beer! 

There are over 40 vendors who will have a variety of merchandise and information for you! Stickers, t-shirts, hats, jewelry, community information, and a few surprises; all available in one place and time for your convenience!

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Please join us THIS Saturday October 19thfrom 10 am - 1 pm for an amazing opportunity to participate in a national project called Self Evident Truth Project sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and participation is 100% FREE!

The Self Evident Truth Project (SETP) is based out of New York and is making rounds in California this week, making a special trip in Visalia just to see us!

In the words of the Self Evident Truth Project:
"SETP is a photographic record of LGBTQ America today. The aim is to take a simple portrait of anyone who's anything other than 100% straight or feels they fall on the LGBTQ spectrum in any way. The goal is to show the humanity that exists in all of us through the simplicity of a face."They challenge Americans to look into the faces of these people and tell them they deserve less than any other human being.  Check out more information on the projectThe Self Evident Website


Click here for the Facebook event page



iO Tillett Wright is the photographer of this project. Catch her interview on Ted Talks "50 shades of gay" speaking on sexuality and the boxes we are pressured to put ourselves in and the Self Evident Truth Project. 


The goal of the project is 10,000 photos of LGBTQ Americans. The current count is 2055.


iO Tillett Wright (the photographer) will be setting up shop right behind Brewbakers Restaurant in Downtown Visalia. Arrive at the corner of Main St. and Church Avenue and about a half block down Church take a left at the bakery called The Frosted Muffin (Yum!) there you will find us setup outside from between 10am-1pm, Saturday, October 19th.


All you have to do it show up and smile for a very flattering black and white photo.



For more information or more specific directions please contact:

Melissa McMurrey or 559-791-8699


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