Gay pride celebration offers entertainment, inclusiveness

The Abdill-Ellis Lambda Community Center, a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization serving the LGBT Community of Southern Oregon and Northern California hosts the Fifth Annual Pride celebration on July 26 at the Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

This all-ages event is open to the public. Admission is $5.

Sponsored and organized by the Abdill-Ellis Lambda Community Center Board Members and volunteers, the Equity Foundation of Portland and Seattle's PRIDE Foundation both have provided additional financial support to the event by way of donations and grants.

The event begins at noon on Saturday July 26 and will feature vendors, information booths, food, a beer garden, and musical entertainment including Rogue Valley's own "Montana Soul" as well as Tanya Pluth, Marshall Woodard and Empress Daphne.

Local city, county and state officials will be present, emphasizing that diversity is an essential part of our community.

At 7:30 p.m. the festivities morph into "Dance Out Loud" with local Dee Jay Zach picking the tunes until 10:30 p.m. Admission to the dance is $10.

The Abdill-Ellis Lambda Community Center was named in memory of Michelle Abdill and Roxanne Ellis, prominent LGBT activists who were tragically murdered ten years ago.

It is dedicated to developing and sustaining coalitions of bi-sexual, gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, their friends and families, promoting through advocacy and education a positive and healthy presence in the larger community.

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