A task I have had in the back of my mind for the past few weeks is writing a sort of backstory or vision if you will, to describe how 50 Shades of Pride came to be, and I’ve finally caught that poetic inspiration the big authors and writers always talk about. I find this is exactly the embodiment of the vision behind the celebration..
When the thought process began for Pride in Durham for 2013, the goal was to create something that would be memorable, and a major expansion from the 2012 season. We had a few events, a small parade and the first ever queer music festival, QueerStock. When the idea for the theme of 50 Shades of Pride came up, we knew we had it. It was going to be huge!
Just even at the theme reveal party hosted and Club 717 everyone who knew beforehand were fighting themselves not to blab and that made those who didn’t know even more anxious. Then came the reveal and the room was a mix of “Awesome!” excitement and shocked surprise followed by comments like “Genius!”, “Perfect!”, “Going to be epic!” and so on.
That was the moment that made all our hard work to come worth wanting to do. And soon the products of that work will be seen and enjoyed by all, as we present Durham Pride 2013!