Gainesville Pride Days events for October 13-22

Friday, Oct. 13, 6pm
Community Awards Dinner

The Annual Spirit of Pride Community Awards Dinner will officially kick off the Pride Days festivities at 6pm at the Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E University Ave. The featured speaker will be Diana Moreno, Assistant Director of UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and the Emcee will be Pegeen Hanrahan. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the Pride Community Center. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out who will receive the 2017 Spirit of Pride Awards and participate in the return of our fabulous silent auction featuring an all-inclusive trip to Cuba for two.

Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am
Trinity MCC Pride Service

Start your Pride Week off in a spiritual space where you are celebrated and embraced at Trinity MCC, located at 11604 SW Archer Road, Gainesville. For more information e-mail

Sunday, Oct. 15, 3-7pm
Florida Queer History: A Pride Extravaganza

Join UF’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at First Magnitude Brewing Company to celebrate the stories and works of the LGBTQ+ community. There will be:

1) a photo exhibition highlighting some of the narratives collected while conducting research at the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research,

2) a local resource fair showcasing local organizations working with the LGBTQ+ community, and

3) performances by bands featuring LGBTQ+ artists.

This event is free and open to the public, and wristbands will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward the continued efforts of the Florida Queer History project.  First Magnitude Brewing Company is at 1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 pm
“Conversion Therapy”:  Why this discredited practice endures and what we can do about it

The Human Rights Council of North Central Florida invites you to hear from a “conversion therapy” survivor, psychologists, mental health therapists, and faith leaders to learn more about this damaging practice that seeks to “convert” or “repair” LGBTQ youth. This event will take placed at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St., Gainesville.

Saturday, Oct. 21, noon
Join or watch the Pride Parade

Gainesville Pride Day kicks off with the Annual Pride Parade which begins at 7th Street and West University Avenue, and proceeds east on University Avenue to South 1st Street. Note that the assembly area for the parade is different this year – please check for details.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-9pm
Celebrate 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,, co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville’s 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. 22, 9:15 & 11:15pm
Gay Pride Sunday Services

The United Church of Gainesville at 1624 NW 5th Ave. dedicates this special Sunday each year to celebrate our diverse community.  Those gathered will worship at Pride-themed services at 9:15 and 11:15 am., led by Associate Minister Talia Raymond. Following the 11:15 service will be a potluck brunch in the Fellowship Hall that all are welcome to attend. A special Pride seminar, “Legal Implications Related to the Gender Spectrum,” will take place at at 10:15, led by Adriane Isenberg, P.A.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:30am
Annual Pride Brunch

Come celebrate at Emiliano’s Café to bring the 2017 Pride Celebration to a savory and delicious conclusion. The event is co-hosted by Gainesville Community Alliance and PCCNCF. The cost is $23.50 per person, which includes tax and gratuity..Tickets are limited and must be purchased by Oct 16. Tickets are available from GCA and PCCNCF.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 4pm
PRIDE Rocks!

Join singers Q the Sound, Nolan Hines, Blake Matchett, and Tony Canty in a concert celebrating pride. Performing favorite hits of today and yesterday including Broadway, classical, pop, R&B and soul. There is a suggested donation of $20, or pay what you can.  The event is at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville at 4225 NW 34th St.

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