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A proud weekend: Buffalo’s LGBT community set to celebrate

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

The passing of the Marriage Equality Act and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy represent two major steps forward for Buffalo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

On Pride Weekend, running Friday through Sunday, the local LGBT community plans to celebrate progress and transformation throughout the Buffalo area. For more detailed information, browse this event preview on Outcome, Buffalo’s Gay Newspaper.

Friday:

—Noon: Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in Niagara Square

From PrideCenterWNY.org: “...We find seeds of hope and change with greater recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender realities; increased time and resources being devoted to changing the behaviors such as bullying that wound one another; and we find strength to continue the fight where those who came before us left off. From the roots of marginalization, evolve new opportunities for health and equality.”

—6 to 10 p.m.: visit 464 Gallery for the fourth annual “Color” exhibition, where work by Buffalo’s LGBT artists will be showcased. Karen Brady, Kevin Carr, Margaret Giamo, Mickey Harmon, Tina Waters, Marcus L. Wise, Angela Wisniewski and more have submitted works, and desserts from Delish! and James’ Icecreamcycle will be available for those in attendance. “Color” runs through June 6.

Saturday:

—4 to 10 p.m.: Allen Street will be blocked off from 5 to 10 p.m. for the Dyke March and Allen Street Festival. Participants can line up by Kleinhans beginning at 4, and the march begins at 5. The trek begins on North to Elmwood, south down Elmwood to Allen Street, east on Allen to Franklin.

From PrideCenterWNY.org: “Every year, women from all over Western New York gather at the Dyke March to celebrate our love and passion for women and for Dykes everywhere. We celebrate our queer identity in all its manifestations. We understand the dyke identity to include those of us who are questioning and challenging gender constructs and the social definitions of women, and who are gender fluid.”

Here’s the not-so-interactive map:

—5 to 10 p.m.: When the Dyke March concludes, Allen Street will be closed off between Franklin and Pearl streets for the spring’s biggest LGBT party. A $2 donation is encouraged, and there will be plenty of music as well as beer and wine for the 21+ crowd.

Sunday:

—11 a.m.: Lineup for the Pride Parade at intersection of Elmwood and Lafayette avenues. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and travels down Elmwood all the way to Chippewa. The festivities don’t stop after, however, as the party shifts to the Erie Canal Harbor/Canalside until 7 p.m.

(Header photo courtesy of Pride Center of WNY’s website.)

TAGGED: 464 gallery, gay pride buffalo, lgbt community, marriage equality act, outcome, pride weekend buffalo

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