Ten must-attend 2014 PrideFest events in Denver

Categories: GLBTQ

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5) Sportsfest Kickball Tournament
June 21
Congress Park

If you're not too hung over to run around, bust out your short shorts and join up with the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League who will be hosting a kickball tournament and BBQ at Congress Park. At 9 a.m. there will be an exhibition between the Mile High Mafia and the Denver Avengers. Kickball starts at 10:30. Get 11-15 of your best friends to sign up or watch for free from the sidelines. Registration costs $10 per player.

4) Big Gay 5K
June 21
Civic Center Park

If kickball isn't hardcore enough, tie up your sneakers and head to Civic Center Park for the Big Gay 5K. You can walk. You can run. It doesn't matter if you are gay or straight, young or old, this is an event for you. The runs starts 10 a.m. Registration is $35.

3) PrideFest proper
June 21-22
Civic Center Park

Between cruising, running, kicking balls and partying, it would be easy to neglect Civic Center Park for PrideFest proper, which is the third largest Pride event in the United States. Eat, drink, dance and explore the offerings of some of the 250 vendors showing off their goods. The event takes place June 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't forget your sunscreen.

2) Denver Dyke March
June 21
Blush and Blu

Now in its sixth year, the Denver Dyke March offers a queer, trans, feminist, dyke, lesbian, bisexual, genderqueer alternative to the mainstream boys club mentality that often infuses pride. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. for a rally and entertainment and winds its way to Civic Center Park at 4 p.m.

1) Kids Parade
June 21
Civic Center Park

Pride isn't just for adults anymore. Show up to the Imagination Station where your kids can decorate their strollers, bikes, tricycles, and flags at 11 a.m. Then take your creations to the Main Stage where the PrideFest Kids Parade begins at noon. All weekend, at Lincoln Park, the family area will be set up for games and activities including scavenger hunts, rainbow runs, water balloon tossing and sack races.


Location Info

Map

City Hall

1144 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Tracks

3500 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Cheesman Park

8th Ave. and Franklin St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Jake's Food & Spirits

3800 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Civic Center Park

Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Congress Park

8th Ave. and Josephine St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Blush & Blu

1526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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58 comments
Chad Kreutzer
Chad Kreutzer

No, suing probably won't make the baker suddenly like their position, but it isn't about "liking" it's about doing the right thing. In the state of Colorado, it is illegal to discrimnate based on sexual orintation when you have a secular business that deals with the public. I'm sure they were just as "tolerant" of his views as he was of theirs, and he is free to have them in his private life and express them all he wants--as are you. But when he goes to work, he is under a legal obligation to put those aside and treat everyone equally: Black, white, male, female, handicap, healthy, Christian, Muslim, Gay, Straight. He didn't. The long and short of it is, he broke the law. And in so doing, he, by definition, did harm to this couple. And they called him on it. Good for them.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Homosexuals have been violently beaten and murdered because of who they are, just as slaves were so many years ago. Having a society that condones discrimination, even if it's JUST a wedding cake, as you are so fixated upon, breeds bigotry and violence. The fact that you have so little understanding of how this baker's behavior contributes to a belief system that some groups of people are less than, and thereby can be treated as such, is the only thing that's pathetic.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

trying to equate a wedding cake to slavery is pretty pathetic.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

candie... girl, you're a blowhard moonbat. just spewing a bunch of hot air liberal rhetoric. the gays could have chosen to respect his views... the way they demand everyone to respect THEIR views... and gone to another bakery. period.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

It's not about people liking your position. It's about eradicating discrimination. I doubt the slaves were concerned about whether or not slave owners "liked" their desire to be treated as human beings.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

the principle is that they could have found another place to make their wedding cake and been "tolerant" of the views of the baker that didn't want to bake their cake. is suing people going to make people want to like your position or not like your position?

Chad Kreutzer
Chad Kreutzer

And that damn Rosa Parks. She made the choice to be a bitch and not go to the back, she would have gotten to her destination either way. It's a fucking bus ride. It's the principle, Esteban. And, as Candie already pointed out, what he was doing was against the law. I wonder how many other gay couples did do just that and go to another cake shop before this one decided they weren't going to take it? He discriminated unlawfully, they called him on it. The Court agreed with them. He could have totally stayed in business, heck he might have even gotten more business from the likes of you. But he decided that the risk of having to make a wedding cake for another gay couple was too high. That was his choice, perhaps had they not sued him, he would not have had to make that choice yet, but I guarantee you this: Eventually he would have had to make it. Cause even if this couple decided to just quietly take their business elsewhere, the next one might not have...or the next one...

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Sure, and the Native Americans could have made the choice to allow for others to strip them of their culture, and black people could have made the choice to move out of states where they were likely to be enslaved....the list goes on and on. The point is that when people are discriminated against they make the decision to either turn and run, thereby allowing the bigotry to continue, or stand up for their rights. "The gays" made a decision to stand up for their rights which, again, are protected by state law. That doesn't make them assholes; it makes them humans who have enough self-esteem to stand up and say something about discriminatory practices that violate their rights.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

chad... the gays made a choice to be assholes and sue someone when they could have just as easily gone to another baker. it's a fucking wedding cake.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Could the baker have elected to abide by the laws in place here in Colorado? Yes or no?

Chad Kreutzer
Chad Kreutzer

Oh my goodness, Esteban! You are absolutely right! They could have gone to the "separate but equal" bakery across the street. You know, the one for "their kind." Why didn't we think of that?! And to the actual point: He made the choice to close rather than run the risk of another gay couple asking him to make their cake. His right to make that choice, but totally not the same thing as being forced to close.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

could the gays have gone to another baker? yes or no?

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

What does this have to do with religious rights?

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

The baker violated a STATE LAW that prohibits businesses from discriminating against consumers on the basis of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. It has nothing with gays people not allowing anyone with a different opinion to be in business. He violated a STATE LAW. There are consequences when someone does that.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Why does westword push the gay pride b.s soo much?

Alejandro Alexandria
Alejandro Alexandria

dude stop with the stereotyping. just because someone is gay, doesn't exactly mean they are doomed for diseases. there is this thing called SAFE SEX. you know, where people wear condoms and shit. anybody can get something. stop targeting my community. straight folks are just as likely to get diseases.

Alejandro Alexandria
Alejandro Alexandria

people are born gay man. I have known for a very long time about my sexual orientation. ever since I was in elementary school. I have never just woke up one day and said "I think I will be gay for the rest of my life" nope, my sexuality has just always been there. as far as I am concerned, sin is just human nature. what is considered sin is just what we humans naturally do. so how can it be wrong? greed, lust, and whatever else is just part of our nature. I used to be very involved with Christianity, but as I got older I saw how Christians just dehumanized people. Christianity is just filled with a bunch of pedophilia, violence, control, and hate. there have been more wars caused my religion than from anything else. I am glad I don't waste my time going to a building and sitting on wooden benches every week idolizing something that is not even real. its all just a fairytale.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

Where did religious rights go? Oh yeah, they don't matter to some Americans.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

And stop trying to downplay the diseases you queers have MUCH HIGHER rates of - because you all gotta Butt Fuck each other !!;

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

I laughed hard when Obama's Kenyan homeland told him to take his queer ass out of Kenya with his trying to chastise them about accepting homosexuality !!!

Tony Diaz
Tony Diaz

Where are your facts for this? Have you looked at Africa? Are they all gay?

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

People can PRETEND to be heterosexual when they are gay but this does not make them heterosexual. Your statement that "people don't have to be gay" shows a complete ignorance of human sexuality and how it works. Also, don't pretend that you don't sin. You, like so many others who dislike those who are different than you, embrace the sins you enjoy and condemn the ones you don't.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

and the gays made the decision to be intolerant and sue. they could have gone down the street to another baker.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

He made the decision to discriminate. Thereby, he made the decision that put him out of business. Perhaps he should have tried to avoid being a bigot..

Angelica VonBeerstein
Angelica VonBeerstein

If you don't like it, don't comment... Stay off of posts like this. Isn't spewing your personal judgements of others some kind of "sin"??? Recognize it is wrong to judge other people on how they live their lives. Aren't you church people supposed to love everyone?

Wendy Hett
Wendy Hett

I don't want you missing anything Eric Steiner

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

I constantly get suspended for calling them "Queers" because Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg is a queer too, who has a fake wife to hide his homosexuality !!!

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Can someone TELL me what Queers have to be PROUD of - higher STDs, early death, AIDS, increased chances of diseases like hepatitis, oral cancer, Kaposi Sarcoma ???

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

People don't have to be gay. If people had to be gay, I know some kids who wouldn't exist. But people like to promote sin. I want to steal money from people who hate homeless people, but I don't do it. I want to strangle people who are so irresponsible that they ride their bicycles on the sidewalk. I recognize what is right and what is wrong. That's how life is.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

lmao. ya... i think losing a lawsuit tends to make that decision for you.

Justin Vonesh
Justin Vonesh

gay is not a choice. I have known that I am gay ever sense I was in grade school. although I only knew I had an attraction to the same gender but never really knew what it was or how it was then I got older and started to figure it out. so I didn't choose to be gay. my sexual orientation was just always there. and I cant change it and I wont change it. love is love.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

LGBT"Q"? I looked it up and I now understand that it stands for "Queer". I find that odd as I once commented on a WW post and used that same word and got reported to FB for "hate" speech. I guess it's like the infamous "N" word that you can only utter if you fall into that particular social culture. Happy PrideFest, queers.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Oh, that's what you were referring to. They didn't put him out of business, though. The owner made that decision on his own.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

awww... you must have missed the part where 2 gay guys sued a baker for not wanting to make a gay wedding cake and put him out of business.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I have no idea what your first sentence means but your second one is a gross generalization that has no basis in fact.

lars2458
lars2458

I was just waiting for you to call her a liberal.

It's no surprise to me how someone like you wouldn't understand why the bipartisan system is erroneous. Then again, it's pretty common place for hateful and uneducated people to assume that the world is black and white and anyone against them must fall into one of two groups.

lars2458
lars2458

We get one day, you guys get 364. I think you can handle it.

lars2458
lars2458

According to Leviticus, it's also an equal sin if you trim your beard or wear mixed fabrics.

lars2458
lars2458

The country's money says "in God we trust".

Believe me, your agenda is everywhere.

lars2458
lars2458

Were you molested?

Your demonizing of homosexuals mixed with your completely reckless and attacking language makes it pretty clear that something is going on here.

Queer is often used in our community anyways, so not sure why you feel so elite using it.

lars2458
lars2458

First of all, you don't have to be straight if that logic stands to reason. Does that really make sense to you?

Secondly, the Earth would be better off if reproduction was controlled... but that's a whole different topic. Ergo, nothing negative would happen if those children were not born.

The problem is that many organizations, both physical and psychological health professionals, have shown scientifically that there is nothing unhealthy about being a homosexual. Yet, people who are not highly trained in the field (like yourself) think they somehow know better.

lars2458
lars2458

Read any other article for that. I'm not sure if you thought you were clever or are really just clueless.

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