2016 Gainesville Pride Days Oct. 14th – 23rd

Friday, Oct. 14th: Community Awards Dinner

The Annual Spirit of Pride Community Awards Dinner will officially kick off the Pride Days festivities at 6:00 pm at the Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E University Ave. Our featured speaker will be Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe and our Emcee will be Former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan. Tickets are $50 & may be purchased at the Pride Community Center or at Wild Iris Books. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out who will receive the 2016 Spirit of Pride Awards!

Sunday Oct. 16th, 11am: Trinity MCC Pride Service

Start your Pride Week off in a spiritual space where you are celebrated and embraced. At Trinity MCC 11604 SW Archer Road, Gainesville. For more information e-mail: info@mccgainesville.org

Sunday, Oct. 16th, 4:00 pm: “Upstairs Inferno”

Trinity MCC will show the film “Upstairs Inferno”. On June 24, 1973, the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans was deliberately set on fire, resulting in the largest mass murder of gay people in U.S. history prior to Pulse, Orlando. “Upstairs Inferno” documents this tragic event in LGBT history. Trinity MCC, 11604 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville.

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 7 pm: “Connecting With the LGBTQ Community”

A Town Hall meeting with GPD and ACSO
The Human Rights Council of North Central Florida invites you to meet with local police and sheriff deputy LGBTQ liaisons at a town hall meeting to hear about your concerns regarding local law enforcement. This event is free and open to the public. At the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St., Gainesville 7-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct: 21st, 7:45pm: “Lee Squared: An Evening with Liberace and Miss Peggy Lee”

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine. Featuring David Maiocco as Liberace and Chuck Sweeney as Miss Peggy Lee
Wine and conversation from 6:30pm At the United Church of Gainesville (1624 NW 5th Ave) A performance benefitting: PFLAG Gainesville, Equality Florida: Safe & Healthy Schools program, and Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. Tickets are $15 available at UCG and PCCNCF

Friday, Oct. 21st, 9pm: “Boogie Nights” Gainesville Pride Dance

Get your platform shoes and polyester ready…we’re hosting a 70’s dance! We will be dancing the night before the Pride Festival from 9pm-Midnight in the Hippodrome Basement (25 SE 2nd Pl). Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets available at Wild Iris Books, online & PCCNCF. This is a theme dance so hit up the local thrift stores and get your outfits ready!

Saturday, Oct 22nd, 12:00pm: Join or Watch the Pride Parade

Preceding the Festival is the Annual Pride Parade which begins at 7th St and W University Ave and proceeds east on University Ave to S 1st St. Please note that the assembly area for the parade is different this year – please check the Pride website for more details.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 1-9pm: Celebrate Your PRIDE at the FESTIVAL

Don’t miss the annual Pride Festival in Downtown Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Plaza and on the surrounding streets. The Festival, which is co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs, will have dozens of local musical acts and over one hundred vendors. A “Kids Space” will also be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 23rd: UCG Pride Sunday

The United Church of Gainesville (1624 NW 5th Ave) will hold its annual Gay Pride Sunday Services at 9:15am and 11:15am. Pride Message “Rainbow Families: Parenting With Intention” The Rev. Dr. Shelly Wilson, Sr Minister Brunch to follow in the Reimer Fellowship Hall at 12:15pm.

Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 11:00 am: UUFG Pride Service

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville’s Pride Service features church member Peter Marino whose sermon, “Harvey Milk: I Won’t Back Down,” talks about how Milk’s activism and heritage affected his life. Special music by Tony Canty. UUFG, 4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville.

Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 10:30am: 3rd Annual Gainesville Pride Brunch

Come celebrate with us at Emiliano’s Café and bring the 2016 Pride Celebration to a savory and delicious conclusion. Co-hosted by Gainesville Community Alliance and PCCNCF. $23.50 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance by Oct 17th – available from GCA and PCCNCF

• For details and the most up to date information, keep watching this space for updates

GPD and ACSO Appoint Liaison’s to the LGBTQ+ Community

Pride Community Center of North Central Florida has long established relationships with local law enforcement agencies in our service area. These relationships have been important to address issues of discrimination and violence that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community in North Central Florida. After the terrible attack in Orlando on June 12th we again reached out to build on those relationships. We met with Gainesville Police Department (GPD) Chief Tony Jones and his leadership team and we hosted a safety discussion with GPD at the Pride Center on July 11th . This was the beginning of a planned ongoing conversation with both agencies about issues that impact area LGBTQ+ residents. We also requested that GPD and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) assign a liaison officer to allow LGBTQ+ community members to have a direct contact with these agencies. Subsequent to these conversations, GPD and ACSO have each appointed not one but three liaison officers.

Here are the 3 liaisons and their contact information from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office:

• Captain Steve Maynard, Patrol Operations
352-367-4097 smaynard@alachuasheriff.org
• Sergeant Pam James, Security Operations Department of the Jail
352-367-4157 pjames@alachuasheriff.org
• Sergeant Joe VanGorder, Investigations Division
352-367-4182 svangorder@alachuasheriff.org

Here are the 3 liaisons and their contact information from the Gainesville Police Department:

• Lt. Jaime Kurnick
352-317-4548 kurnickjl@cityofgainesville.org
• Det. Donna Montague
352-872-2764 montagueda@cityofgainesville.org
• Ofc. Michael Cavett
352-214-2778 cavettmr@cityofgainesville.org

Shortly after the Orlando attacks the FBI and the Department of Justice reached out to express their concern and offered their assistance to the LGBTQ+ community. They provided the following contact information for any questions or needed assistance.

• FBI: FBI Gainesville Resident Agency, 104 N Main Street, Ste 400, Gainesville, FL 32601. Tel# 352-372-9600 e-mail gvra.jk@ic.fbi.gov

• Department of Justice: Michael J. Harwin, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida, 111 N. Adams Street, 4th Floor, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Tel# 850-942-8430 e-mail Michael.Harwin@usdoj.gov

Community Game Night

Join a diverse group of gamers for both new and classic games.

Board Games
Dice Games
Card Games

Play ours or bring one to teach us!
On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

From 6pm to 8:30pm at PCCNCF 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

PCCNCF is Seeking Responsible Volunteers for Key Positions

PCCNCF is YOUR Community Center and we can only continue to succeed with your help. We are looking for folks to fill some key volunteer positions at the center. We need a Facilities Manager, an Education Events Coordinator, and a Program Coordinator. Each of these positions is important to the ongoing success of the center and only require about two hours a week commitment after the initial training period. If you are interested in helping out, please check out the position descriptions or talk to one of our Board Members.

We can’t do it without you!