Prizm News / March 8, 2018 / By Bob Vitale

(Photos courtesy of Pride in the CLE)

By Bob Vitale

Dueling Pride celebrations are over in Cleveland, where organizers of Pride in the CLE and Cleveland Pride have decided to consolidate events.

Pride in the CLE, organized by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, will take place with events from Thursday, May 31, to Sunday, June 3. The festival and march will take place on Saturday, June 2, at Downtown’s Public Square.

 

“A community united…,” organizers of Cleveland Pride said via Facebook. “Good to see the Cleveland LGBTQ community working together,” one commenter responded.

Cleveland had two festivals and two parades last year. Cleveland Pride began in 1989, but organizers canceled the event in 2016, citing among their reasons safety concerns in the wake of the mass murder at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The LGBT Center and other LGBTQ groups stepped in to organize Pride in the CLE on short notice and continued with more events in 2017.

“The center maintains its belief that Cleveland has more than enough pride to go around,” officials said in announcing the consolidation.

“With a stronger unified event, we are bringing our entire community together in one place on one day to celebrate how far we’ve come and look to the future together,” said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Center.

In announcing the consolidation, Pride in the CLE officials thanked those who have organized and volunteered at Cleveland Pride over its 28 years.

“We understand the impact and value Cleveland Pride Inc. has had on the lives of many LGBTQ+ and allied people in Northeast Ohio,” they said.

For information about sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and participating in Pride in the CLE events, click here.

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