Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend
4. It's also been an historic year for gay rights in St. Louis.
Just this week four gay couples married in the mayor's office in a top-secret ceremony designed to directly challenge Missouri's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The attorney general is suing St. Louis' recorder of deeds for issuing the marriage licenses, but for now, they're still legal.
That's not the only legal challenge to the marriage-rights issue pending in St. Louis. Eight gay couples and the ACLU have also sued for the freedom to marry.
And St. Louis made national headlines this year when the Rams drafted the first out gay man into the NFL. Michael Sam, who played for the University of Missouri, celebrated signing his contract with a night out in two of the Grove's gay bars, Just John and Siam. (Unfortunately, he won't be at PrideFest this year since he already had a wedding scheduled this weekend.)
"St. Louis is a driving force behind progressive change in the state of Missouri, and I really hope we'll start taking them forward a little bit," Olegna tells Daily RFT. "It's not going to come from suburban St. Charles. It's exciting when we decide to kick it up a notch."
5. Find a gay-friendly church, business, volunteer opportunity, etc.
Pride weekend is a great time to find community organizations that support LGBTQ rights. Whether you're looking for a new house of worship, a place to volunteer, a place to shop or a new restaurant, dozens of groups will be out all PrideFest.
Maybe we're just biased because we'll be there, too, as official sponsors. Come visit the Riverfront Times booth at PrideFest at Tucker Boulevard and Pine Street, near the Bud Light Beer Garden!