When some people think of PRIDE, this is what they envision. And they are right. PRIDE weekend is about empowerment and acceptance of the LGBT community. It's about coming out of closets and sharing your inner rainbow and complexity with everyone. It's about celebrating that certain something when you have been told you aren't ‘enough' as a citizen or ‘too much' as a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer. Yes, there will be a parade in downtown Bozeman. There will be drag shows. There will be rainbows, high heels, and feathers. There will be glitter.
But there will also be families and long time committed same sex couples who are celebrating their relationships in an accepting crowd. There will be faith leaders there who support the LGBT community. There will be businesses who believe in nondiscrimination, relationship recognition, and fairness for all of Montana's citizens. There will be quiet discussions where straight people interact with this loving community and learn just a little more about what's in others hearts. There will also be seminars - where everyone is invited to attend - where there are even more opportunities to learn more about the issues and concerns that LGBT persons face.
Start out your days with fresh air and an early bird hike with friends. Workshops, presentations, and an equality rally will be held to educate and inspire. There is karaoke, pizza and bowling events for the younger LGBT crowd. And the nightlife at Montana Pride will be the talk of the state. Drag shows on both Friday and Saturday night are followed by DJ's and dancing until the wee hours.
Fair is Fair Montana is a proud sponsor of this premier weekend for LGBT and our allies along with ACLU of Montana, Montana Human Rights Network, Pride Foundation, QSA at MSU, PFLAG, Nova Cafe, Tart and the Bozeman Public Library.