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Theme set for 2013 Greater Palm Springs Pride

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- “It’s Time” is the theme for the annual Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for Nov. 2-3.

A nod to the past, the theme also represents new hope, new beginnings and future progress toward equality. The theme sets the tone for the 27th annual celebration and will be a call for the community to step off the sidewalk and into the street and march for equality in the annual Pride parade.

The Greater Palm Springs Pride board of directors said:

It’s time to recognize the 44 years that have passed since Stonewall and it’s time to celebrate the progress toward equality for all individuals. It’s time to move forward and bring an end to the Defense of Marriage Act and let all people have the freedom to marry the one they love. It’s time transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws ensure that LGBT people have equal access to the same opportunities, benefits and protections granted to everyone else. It’s time to deal with the LGBT elder care crisis and the epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youth. It’s time for equality.

“From the steps of city hall to the marble clad Supreme Court we may only have one chance in our lifetime as significant as we have today to bring about freedom and equality for all LGBT individuals. Wherever you live I encourage you to join your local Pride celebration, step off the sidewalk, march for equality and be a part of history,” said Ron deHarte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride.

“Realizing our movement did not get this far overnight it’s clear that full equality will take a continued fight. It’s time to stand up and make your voice heard. If you are not out, it’s time to courageously come out. Gather your family, friends and coworkers and be present. Be there for our elders, be there for the youth, be there for yourself and the ones you love.”

The two-day pride festival will be held Nov. 2-3 and the parade will step off at 10 am on Nov. 3. Both events are featured highlights of the Palm Springs Pride celebration of equality, diversity and unity. For more information about the pride celebration, visit Palm Springs Pride online HERE.

About Greater Palm Springs Pride

The Greater Palm Springs Pride organization is a non-profit organization founded to promote the public education and public awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBT community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community.