Baton Rouge, LA – On June 9th of 2021, Mayor-President Weston-Broome’s proclamation declaring the month of June 2021 “Pride Month” was read into the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council’s record during their general assembly by Councilman Aaron Moak of Baton Rouge’s 4th District.
“Congratulations to all of you,” said Mayor Pro Tem Lamont Cole, “Councilmember Moak, let me say congratulations to you...I think I speak for all of us when I say this, we all support you greatly, appreciate working with you, and look forward to working with you in the future.”
This initiative was led by Councilman Moak, who is the first openly LGBTQ+ elected official in the state of Louisiana. Promptly following the announcement of Mayor-President Weston-Broome’s proclamation, Councilman Moak also recognized the outstanding work of community members and organizations that have supported the LGBTQ+ community including: Jeremy Longmire, Chansely Dykes, and Guy Schmieder of George’s Place for their 50th anniversary; Chris Bradford, Thomas Merrill, Carlos Perez, and Caleb Keller of Baton Rouge Pride; and Corey Wise and Quentin Little of Splash Nightclub.
“I'd like to thank Councilmember Moak for his continued support of Baton Rouge Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community by helping to secure the 2021 Pride Month Proclamation, said Baton Rouge Pride Chair Chris Bradford. “The strength that he exemplified today by standing in front of the entire Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council, and telling his story was both extremely brave and heartwarming. We are looking forward to his continued support and future work with the Baton Rouge LGBTQIA+ community."
Dear Baton Rouge Pride Friends and Family,
For more than a decade Baton Rouge Pride has been a shining light and beacon of family-friendly fun for the LGBTQ+ community. Then in 2020, we were devastated by the onset of COVID-19, leading to the cancelation of Baton Rouge Pride Fest 2020. As many other event-based organizations did, we looked forward to a brighter 2021 and set forth planning Baton Rouge Pride Fest 2021. As 2020 came to a close and 2021 began, however, COVID is still here and just as devastating as ever.
Because of the continued our commitment to ensure any event produced by our organization follows the strictest health and safety guidelines set forth by federal, state, and local governments, we do not see the ability to truly plan an in-person large event for the summer of 2021. As the availability of vaccinations and treatment become widely available this year, we hope to bring the Baton Rouge Pride Fest back to its family-friendly roots in June 2022.
Until the return of Baton Rouge Pride Fest, we hope to continue assisting the LGBTQ+ community through virtual events, social media groups, and our growing LGBTQ+ Business Directory. While the Baton Rouge Pride Team continues to plan smaller events than Baton Rouge Pride Fest, we are open to suggestions from the community on things we can bring to you as well as ideas for Pride Fest 2021. If you’d like to submit any suggestions please click HERE.
With Love and Pride,
The Baton Rouge Pride Team
To become part of the completely volunteer-based Baton Rouge Pride organization and help with planning, or to find ways your group or organization can become involved, visit www.brpride.org or call (225) 384-6344.
Plans are in place for a great celebration when the 14th Annual Baton Rouge Pride Fest is held on June 12, 2021, at the Raising Cane's River Center.
Baton Rouge Pride also will hold its second annual Pride Week of activities surrounding the festival.
The 2020 celebrations had to be postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but organizers say they already are arranging a great lineup for next year.
“Baton Rouge Pride is committed to ensuring any event produced by our organization follows the strictest health and safety guidelines set forth by federal, state and local governments,” said Christopher Bradford, chairman of Baton Rouge Pride Inc. “The health and safety of our community is always at the forefront of any plans we make.”
For more details on Baton Rouge Pride and to stay up to date on its events and fundraisers throughout the year, visit www.BRPride.org or Facebook or Instagram.
To become part of the completely volunteer-based organization and help with planning, or to find ways your group or organization can become involved, visit www.brpride.org or call (225) 384-6344.