It is with a heavy and saddened heart that the current Upper Cumberland Pride Board has voted to Postpone Pride 2020 until June 2021. With the states re-opening and the rise in Covid-19 cases in the Upper Cumberland area, we felt for the safety of all we would postpone.
In light of our decision, we also have taken the need for people in the region to feel “togetherness.” We are working on details for our very own “Virtual Pride”. Please stay tuned and feel free to reach out to us any needs, ideas, or questions you might have. Happy Pride Month.
UCPride Board, June 23, 2020
Why a Pride Festival?
Held annually in June, the Upper Cumberland Pride Festival celebrates the diversity found our beautiful region of Tennessee. Gay Pride month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.