The Triangle will positively swarm with queer families this weekend, when North Carolina's extended gay family comes together in Durham for the N.C. Pride 2000 March and Festival.
The main event is the annual Pride march, which starts Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. on Campus Drive at Duke University. Participants are asked to begin lining up at 11:30 a.m.; protesters, presumably, are invited to show up whenever they like. After the march comes the festival, in front of Duke East Building, which will feature music and speeches by activists, including three of the panelists from "Wedding Bell Blues" (page 24)--Jeffery Beam, Mandy Carter and Jimmy Creech--along with Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board member Gloria Faley and N.C. Superior Court Judge Ray Warren.
The night before the march, June 9, Duke's Center for Documentary Studies will host a free 7 p.m. screening of Our House: A Very Real Documentary About Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents. On Saturday morning, the family-minded can attend a Family Law Seminar (Center for Documentary Studies, 9 a.m.) discussing legal issues relating to gay and lesbian parenting, or a Power of Attorney Clinic (Room 204-B, East Duke Building, 10 a.m.) to help partners hand over legal decision-making power to one another. Right after the march, at 2 p.m., there will be a Triangle Families Picnic near the festival site.
There will, of course, be other varieties of "family fun" during the weekend. The Butchies will play a benefit show for Rape Crisis of Durham on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Visions nightclub. Saturday evening, the Voices of St. John's MCC Gospel Choir will sing out at Durham's Manbites Dog Theater at 8:15 p.m. Pride Dance Night starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday night at the downtown Marriott Hotel. At 10 p.m., Visions will host the second annual NC Pride Womyn's Party. And on Sunday at noon, GLSEN-Triangle will host a "Teach Respect for All" potluck picnic at Pullen Park in Raleigh (shelter 8).
For a complete list of N.C. Pride and related events, consult www.Lgbt.stu aff.duke.edu/ncpride2000.html.