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Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend

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4. It's also been an historic year for gay rights in St. Louis.

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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.

See also: Meet the First Four Gay Couples to Marry in St. Louis (PHOTOS)

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!


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I find it hilarious that Monsanto sponsors this, is everyone gonna head straight to the picket line after the parade lol.

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

We're having a kid-friendly picnic @Tower Grove Pride at the Tunica Picnic site from 10:00 am - 12 noon

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

Need an LGBTQIA friendly House of Worship? The Episcopal Church Welcomes you!!! #StJohnsTowerGrove, #TowerGrovePride

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

Boycotting this year & every year forward as long as MONSATAN is sponsoring!

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

Happy Pride! I don't think it's the place for children because too many people are doing adult things there, so get the kids a sitter and come have a great time! I wish it was more family friendly.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Tower Grove Pride was started to so we can have our own events without major corporations. It's all local indie arts and crafts vendors and small businesses, 35 this year. You should come check us out on South Grand and Hartford this Saturday!

Allison Henson
Allison Henson

I think it is a good thing to see who is supporting the LGBT community. Really want to go this year.

Dana Geister
Dana Geister

I have much love and respect for the LGBT community, but Pride has become one big corporate sponsorship. No thanks. I'll pass.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Indoctrinating them while still young and impressionable are you ?  Are you going to shield their eyes from the "adult things" that openly go on there too as poster "Kelly Hawkins" truthfully stated ?  Been there in support role and after seeing that crap going on will never go back ! Disgusting !  

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Thank you for your honest warning about the overt and open "adult things" that go on there.  Definitely not a "kid-friendly" place or time ! 

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