The following is a press release from Come Out with Pride 2021:
Come Out With Pride 2021 Presented by The Glass Knife is soon to return to Lake Eola Park on Saturday, October 9 with Pride Week events taking place between Friday, October 1 and Sunday, October 10.
As part of our safety measures against COVID-19, we ask that all those who plan to attend our events wear a mask, RSVP for free on our website, get vaccinated if possible, and stay home if experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Bliss Health will be providing COVID vaccinations on site at the Vendor Marketplace Presented by Truist and sanitizer stations will be available throughout the park. Many events of the day will be streamed for those who won’t participate in person but still want to get into the spirit of Pride.
“This year’s theme of ‘Unified By Pride’ was chosen to represent our incredibly diverse community celebrating together once again,” said Tatiana Quiroga, Executive Director for Come Out With Pride. “We look forward to ensuring our LGBTQ+ community remains visible and that more allies join us in our fight for equality.”
The Most Colorful Parade Presented by Winn Dixie is set to step off at 4PM led by Grand Marshals Blue Star (local businesswoman and entertainer), Brandon Wolf (Pulse survivor and activist with Equality Florida), Chelsea Wolfe (UCF alumnus and the first out transgender Olympian), Felipe Sousa-Lazaballet (City official and One Orlando Alliance Board Chair) and Trina Gregory-Propst (local restaurateur and winner of Guy’s Grocery Games).
Following incredible local entertainment throughout the day, in the evening the Lake Eola Amphitheater will feature two headliners from RuPaul’s Drag Race as both Gottmik from Season 13 and the winner of All Stars Season 6 Kylie Sonique Love will grace the stage. The Unified By Pride Stage will host a music festival anchored by DJ and Grammy Award-winning Producer Tracy Young. Wrapping up the night will be the Fireworks by Santore finale over Lake Eola at 9:15PM.
Appearing at a Pride event for the first time, the National Trans Visibility March will kick off with a rally at 1PM at the Unified By Pride Stage followed by the March around the streets of Lake Eola at 2PM.
Those wishing to have the best view of the day’s entertainment will want to look into the Pride VIP Experience Presented by PNC and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Various exclusive options are also available including tiers that incorporate a meet-and-greet with Kylie Sonique Love and the Sweets & Sparkles dessert fireworks viewing experience package. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.showclix.com/event/come-out-with-pride-2021.
This year will also feature activities for the young ones with the Kids Fringe Rainbow Ranch Presented by Macy’s. Additionally The Dry Dock Presented by OIC will be the Festival’s first-ever sober space showcasing food vendors, a coffee truck and desserts for all to enjoy.
Come Out With Pride’s week-long event series is designed to bring together the LGBTQ+ and ally community. The events this year will include:
The Gay ’90s Musical
October 1, 2, 7, 8, 7:30PM
October 3 & 10, 2:00PM |
Hilarious and touching, the show brings memories of Gay Life for men and women during the ’90s with so much that still applies today.
A portion of the proceeds from each performance benefits Come Out With Pride Orlando and The LGBT+ Center of Orlando.
Drag Race 5K
Sunday, October 3, 8:00AM
Harbor Park at Baldwin Park
Join hundreds of runners from all over Central Florida as they come together to get moving and raise funds for Zebra Youth. There will be an in-person event and a virtual option for those interested.
Honoring Trans & Gender-Expansive Singers
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00PM
First United Church of Christ
Dr. Joshua Palkki, Director of Choral Activities at California State University Long Beach, has become widely recognized for his research and teaching on creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ singers. We will hear from Palkki on issues affecting trans and gender-expansive singers, including the mechanics of a changing voice and how to make singing spaces more welcoming. We will then hear from a panel of trans and gender-expansive singers about their personal experiences with this issue. The evening will culminate in a reception provided by the Orlando Gay Chorus.
Diznee After Dark: A Les Vixens Big A$$ Burlesque Show
Wednesday, October 6, 6:00PM
Southern Nights Orlando
Bippity-Boppity-Be our guest as the Les Vixens take you on an adventure into Diznee after dark! Their full-scale burlesque production will feature your favorite Vixens, bringing all your Diznee fantasies to life with glitter and glam.
We Shall Overcome: Celebrate LGBT+ Diversity
Thursday, October 7, 7:00PM
Lake Eola Bandshell
Join the Orlando Gay Chorus for an evening of spoken word, music and art as they celebrate and acknowledge LGBT+ trailblazers of color. The evening will also include live testimonials from people of color in our community where we’ll learn of their
struggles in trying to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community for all peoples. This event is being presented by Orlando Gay Chorus, QLatinX, Bros in Convo and The Sounds of Freedom. ASL interpretation will be provided by Valencia College.
Friday, October 8, 6:30PM
Orlando City Hall
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is proud to be part of such a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community. In the spirit of hakh’lalah (inclusion) they are inviting their entire community to the 3rd Annual Come out With Pride Shabbat service at City Hall in
downtown Orlando. They will welcome Shabbat with Rabbi David Kay followed by an Oneg Shabbat. This event will also have a virtual option.
Movies Out Loud: Presented By Watermark
Friday, October 8, 7:30PM
CMX Cinemas Plaza Cafe 12
Movies Out Loud features the 1995 film “Showgirls,” hosted by Real Radio’s Sabrina Ambra and comedian Jeff Jones. Tickets are $12 and a portion of the proceeds benefit Come Out With Pride Orlando. Doors open at 6:30PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Beer, wine, snacks and food are available for purchase.
Leather Pride Night
Friday, October 8, 9:30PM
At 9:30PM the event will welcome a Florida Leather Titleholder panel featuring Puppy Stolas (Florida Puppy 2022), boy bryan (Florida Leather boy 2020), Blade Onyx (Mr Ramrod 2019/2020) and Girlfriend Florida (Florida Community Bootblack 2020). Afterwards at 11PM there will be a leather-themed drag show hosted by Chantel Reshae. This is an event for all genders and sexualities sponsored by the Woodshed Orlando, the Orlando Hound Pound and the Orlando Kinksters.
Pride Morning Brunch
Saturday, October 9, 10:00AM
The Hammered Lamb
Get Pride festivities started with a build-your-own-cocktail special featuring Tito’s Vodka at the official Pride Morning Brunch from 10AM-2PM. $3 from each drink will benefit Come Out With Pride. Last seating at 1PM.
Official Pride After Party
Saturday, October 9
After Festival – 2:30AM
The official post-pride after party! One entrance, four clubs with four different vibes. FREE admission before 10PM for 21+, $10 after; $15 all night for everyone ages 18-20. Cash or Card Accepted. 41 W Church St.
Come Out With Pride Brunch
Sunday, October 10, 12:00PM
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Live entertainment. Drink specials. Delicious buffet. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday! Grab your friends and pick your own box for 2—4 people. This outdoor venue is right in front of Dr. Phillips Center with entry gates on Orange Avenue at Seneff Arts
Performances by: DJ T’Don Marquis, DJ Marisa Maddox, Ce Ce Teneal, and others to be announced soon.Tickets are $50 per person and include food and nonalcoholic drinks — plus, you can enjoy great drink specials.
Pride Night With The Orlando Magic
Sunday, October 10, 6:00PM
Join the Orlando Magic as they take on the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason matchup and recognize the end of Pride Week with a celebratory Pride Night. Portions of each ticket sold through this link will benefit Come Out With Pride Orlando.
For more information and additional community events during Pride Week in Orlando, please visit https://comeoutwithpride.org/2021-pride-week/.