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PrideFest Weekend in CO Celebrates Equal Rights "Superheroes"

June 26, 2009

Denver - It's PrideFest weekend in Colorado, and on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, organizers say there are also plenty of reasons for the GLBT community in Colorado to celebrate.

Heather Draper, with the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, says those reasons include legislative gains made toward equal rights in the state, including a new law that goes into effect next week.

"It allows partners to name each other designated beneficiaries, even if they're not married. It's not just GLBT people that can benefit from this, but also straight, unmarried couples."

Some new GLBT superheroes will attend the event this weekend to help educate about equal rights laws on the books in Colorado, adds Draper. One of them goes by the name "Tupops Shakur."

"Tupops will be representing the second parent adoption law that allows a partner in a relationship to also adopt a child."

This year's PrideFest carries a global theme and will promote other events in places such as the Philippines and Russia, says Draper.

"We're trying to show that it's a global GLBT community, and we're here to celebrate our culture, our heritage and mostly just have a good time."

Live entertainment will include Deborah Gibson, better known as Debbie in the 80s, as well as youth, latino, and community stages. Festivities start Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Denver's Civic Center Park. Organizers say Saturday is more family-focused, featuring a kids parade. Sunday's main parade starts 9:30 a.m. and runs from Cheesman Park to the Capitol.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO