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Dear Friends,

We are currently planning for our Annual PRIDE Festival to be held on June 7th & 8th 2019, which will be dedicated to honoring the 50-year anniversary of Stonewall. The Stonewall Uprising (sometimes referred to as the Stonewall Riots) represents a time when the LGBTQIA community found it difficult to find a safe place to gather. Frequent and often harassing raids by authorities meant gay bars like the Stonewall Inn struggled to provide a safe environment for patrons. Imagine walking into Pride, an Outlinc meeting, the Panic, or Das Haus, and being 'accosted' or 'attacked' simply for being gay. Additionally, you could be arrested if you were not wearing at least three articles of gender-appropriate clothing. (Yes, this was an actual criminal statute in New York at the time!)

Star City Pride was created to support the LGBTQIA community and promote educational and philanthropic outreach in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area. Events such as the annual PRIDE Festival, allow allies and members of our community to come together and raise awareness of the continuing struggle for equality in our city. It is fitting then, that in 2019, we honor this momentous time in history where those in the LGBTQIA community, along with their allies, worked tirelessly to attain equal rights and begin a nondiscriminatory trend in government policies.

Through community support, sponsorship, and our generous donors, Lincoln’s 2018 Star City Pride Festival was a huge success! Your dedication allows Star City Pride to continue to host opportunities to celebrate the community and strengthen the message of equality throughout Nebraska.

Star City Pride’s Sponsorship Committee is actively seeking support from area businesses and organizations. We are calling on your help to make Pride 2019 event the best and biggest yet! Your support and generous contributions will assist in bringing big-name entertainment to our city, as well as cover cost-related expenses for our all-age festival. As a nonprofit organization, currently seeking 501(c)(3) status, equal representation, and commitment to community are core values within our mission. We strive to bridge the gap in promoting an all-inclusive community in and around Lincoln, celebrating equal rights!

We are excited to offer a number of new choices that enable you to support Star City Pride and increase your visibility within the community. Your business or organization logo will be seen by thousands of potential consumers with entrance and stage signage, Pride Guide advertisements (print and digital), social media, website presence, and more! Additional information about these opportunities is provided on the enclosed pages and online at www.starcitypride.org.

We need your help to continue this important work. Please consider contributing today and together we will celebrate with PRIDE!

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Star City Pride