PrideAlive Turns 10
PrideAlive celebrated its 10th Anniversary Bash November 15 at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. For the past 10 years, the organization has been working to help stamp out HIV infections and prevent new ones by educating people about HIV, and administering thousands of HIV tests at area bars. The party was an evening of memories. A yearbook highlighted every activity over the past decade, with photos of participants in some of them. The evening, hosted by Helen Back, featured performances by Evie Blank, Gosh Alice Jones, Cee Cee Russell, and others. PrideAlive is part of the Minnesota AIDS Project.
Holidazzle Lights Up Minneapolis for 17th Year
The annual Holidazzle Parade, which took place November 28 through December 21 in Minneapolis, had new title sponsorship from Target. As in the past, the Minnesota Freedom marched in the parade. This year’s event featured a few new things. All the costumes in the parade were updated with energy-saving LED lights, which, on top of saving energy, allowed them to sparkle brighter, last longer, and not produce as much heat as regular bulbs. Holidazzle 2008 showcased a star-studded lineup of entertainment, including Gopher Basketball Coach Tubby Smith; Elmo and Grover of Sesame Street; and the Minnesota Wild new mascot, “Nordy.”
Gay Bishop Starts Off Inauguration Celebrations
The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of the US Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, delivered the invocation at a concert on January 18 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, as part of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. It was the first inaugural event attended by the then-President-elect. Robinson, the first openly gay priest ordained bishop by a major Christian denomination, is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Religion Council. He has worked in the United States and Africa with the AIDS crisis. He serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Endowment for Health, which strives to gain access to health care for the uninsured.