PLATTSBURGH - Adirondack Pride, an organization dedicated to encouraging acceptance and tolerance for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, is gearing up for its first annual Adirondack Pride Festival. If you think you've heard of this event before, you have.
Joey Trombley, chairman of the Adirondack Pride Committee and owner of Twylyte's Salon in Plattsburgh, said the event was held last year under the name North Country Pride, but, this year, took on a new name.
"We wanted to keep it going again this year. We wanted to do something," said Trombley.
Since President Barack Obama declared June National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month last year, events such as the Adirondack Pride Festival have become even more important to be held, said Trombley, as part of a continued effort to break down barriers and end discrimination in the LGBT community.
"Gay people are no different than anybody else," said Trombley. "We have families, too. We go to work. We pay our taxes. We send our kids off to school."
"We're not as scary as some people make us out to be," he added.
And, support for the Adirondack Pride is growing, said Trombley. In little more than a month, planning for the festival has taken off, with the committee getting a "good response" to requests for donations and financial support.
"We haven't been able to get people as giving with us as they are with other organizations," said Trombley. "But, what support we have gotten has been great. Especially from groups like Colleges for Change, who've really helped a lot."
Though Adirondack Pride had originally planned to host the festival in Plattsburgh, there was no venue available at the time, said Trombley. The management at Cocktails in Morrisonville, however, welcomed Adirondack Pride with open arms.