Love Knows No Boundaries – Pride and Political Action at First Annual OBX Pride Festival
June 29, 2011 by Karin Quimby, Political & Education Director, Project One America
HRC and ENC organizers attended the first Outer Banks (OBX) Pride held in Nags Head, NC last week to ask supporters to take action against the ant-LGBT constitutional amendment that seeks to ban gay and lesbian marriage in the state constitution. Saturday’s event on the Grounds of the First Colony Inn delivered a spectrum of entertainment and allowed vendors and exhibitors the opportunity to introduce their products and share information with the LGBTQ community and Allies.
One of our neighbors at this event was the Unitarian Universalists, who were able to make the trip to the OBX after their “Standing on the Side of Love” rally held in Charlotte, NC the previous day. Assisting in our Equality in Action postcard campaign, this group requested postcards to share with friends and family who were unable to make it to OBX Pride.
While HRC and ENC staff and volunteers met and spoke with supporters of LGBT rights, we were also able to join the crowd with strong applause for performances by the likes of Britney Spears impersonator - Derrick Barry, Jerry Halliday - comedic puppeteer, Richard Cortez, The Dirty Girls Band and Team Don’t H8. Attendees were energetic, there was love in the air and everyone was eager to sign a postcard. At the end of the event we had 122 postcards from North Carolinians; 15 from our neighbors in Virginia managed to slip into this lot, proving love knows no boundaries!
For additional information on our campaign, including volunteer opportunities in North Carolina, please contact Akil@EqualityNC.org.
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