Get "Out" This Weekend in Memphis

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Since 1980, the Memphis gay community has been hoisting the rainbow flag during its annual gay pride march. This year, you should join them. Not gay? Not a problem. Mid-South Pride's activities are open to everyone, no matter what your sexual orientation.

Though events have been going on all week, the highlights of gay pride week in Memphis take place this weekend. Friday, meet author Nancy D. Polikoff, author of Beyond (Straight or Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law, at Holy Trinity Church during a book-signing and reception.

Saturday, head to Cooper-Young for the annual Mid-South Pride Parade, complete with a 100-foot rainbow flag and plenty of colorful floats. The parade kicks off at 4 p.m. in front of First Congregational Church and ends at Peabody Park.

The party doesn't end with the parade though. Stick around Peabody Park for the Pride Festival, featuring performances by Ari Gold and Rachel Panay (the newly-crowned Miss Gay Heart of America). There will also be plenty of food, vendors, and information booths. The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Finally, close out the week with the QBliss Pride 2008 Closing Party at iSpectrum (600 Marshall) featuring another performance by Ari Gold. The party begins at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

For more on Mid-South Pride events, go here.

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