NC: Raleigh’s First Out Festival Today Focuses On Unity

Published Date Author: , May 15th, 2011

With music, speeches and plenty of food, Raleigh’s gay community hopes to promote a message of unity Saturday at an inaugural downtown street festival.

Gay and lesbian activists have talked for years about starting a local festival, said Bobby Hilburn, director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. The vision will come to life with OutRaleigh, an all-day celebration at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street.

“We hope we can all grow together and reach out across any lines that may be there,” Hilburn said. “We live and work in the same city. We want the same visibility and rights as everybody else.”

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Raleigh GLBT Report said on January 31, 2012, 2:16 pm:

The first OutRaleigh GLBT Pride Festival brought 6,000 GLBT people to the center of North Carolina’s Capital City. This Festival was the recreation of Gay Pride events, that had not been held for a number of years, for the Raleigh area GLBT population and it’s visitors from across the United States. This one event clearly demonstrated the significant GLBT population increase over the years and the change from the total community in supporting Gay Pride.

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