East Central Minnesota Pride event June 7

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

East Central Minnesota Pride organizers have announced another LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) pride event for the predominantly rural portion of Minnesota tucked just between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Pine City’s Voyageur Park and VFW, at 600 First St. NW.   image

The theme of this year’s event is “Transforming Hearts and Minds.” The event includes live music, an alpaca petting zoo, a barbeque, vendors, politicians and more.

The music lineup this year includes Calliope Women’s Chorus, Neighberz Band, and a special performance by Hedwig of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” as well as tracks played by Deejay Geo Montecillo.

Television news and radio personality Val Mondor will be the event’s emcee this year. Mondor, who resides with her wife in Chisago City, has been with Twin Cities Public Television since 1979. Mondor also provided voiceover talent for programs and commercials for public television, and outside of work has been a board member of “Out in the Valley” (LGBT organization in the St. Croix River Valley) since its inception in 1999.

Invited to come are several public officials, including past-attendee Gov. Mark Dayton. For the second time, area mayors — this year Pine City Mayor Carl Pederson and North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy — will give official welcomes to attendees. Admission is free. Suggested donation for food line is $10.

East Central Minnesota Pride was started in 2005 as a way to bring about a sense of LGBT community, build awareness, and promote tolerance in Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties.

Everyone is welcome at Pride, a rendezvous of friends, family and the larger community. More than ever in the event’s history, there is a collaboration to bring about East Central Minnesota Pride, one that involves East Central Minnesota Men’s Circle, East Central Minnesota Purple Circle, the Mora-based East Central Minnesota chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Rural Aids Action Network, Rainbow Health Initiative and Out-Front Minnesota.

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