May 5th OutRaleigh Festival Theme “All Families Matter”

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 27, 2012) The LGBT Center of Raleigh announces today their second annual OutRaleigh festival will be Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The event is a free, family-friendly street festival celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as their families, friends and supporters. Designed to be appropriate for people of all ages, the theme for 2012 is “All Families Matter.”

“Our society is made up of many different family types: from a close-knit group of friends, to single parents, to divorced and remarried situations, to multiple generations of adults in a single household, and everything in between,” says Daire Roebuck, an estate planning attorney and OutRaleigh steering committee member. “While OutRaleigh’s first priority is to celebrate LGBT people and their families, its broader focus is to provide a safe and fun environment for all families to celebrate their own uniqueness while experiencing the value that other family types bring to the community.”

Occurring three days before the public vote on a North Carolina constitutional amendment to define marriage, people from all backgrounds and beliefs are encouraged to come, meet and talk with same-gender loving couples to understand the struggles they face and how the amendment could affect them and their families.

Last year, the OutRaleigh festival had more than 6,000 attendees; it is expected to top 10,000 this year. “We’re excited to build upon last-year’s success of OutRaleigh,” says James Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh executive director. “There are still people that are uncomfortable, for a variety of reasons, with walking into the center. The street-festival format offers a less stressful way for individuals to connect with the LGBT community.”

During the day, there will be live entertainment, guest speakers, information booths by supporting organizations, food from local restaurants, and a KidsZone with face painting, a bounce castle and other family-friendly activities.

About OutRaleigh 2012: OutRaleigh, a LGBT Center of Raleigh program, celebrates the diversity of families in the Triangle region of North Carolina. With the theme of “All Families Matter,” the annual street festival will be held Saturday May 5 in downtown Raleigh. This family-friendly event provides a safe and welcoming environment for all people to have fun and learn about issues affecting neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The event includes guest speakers, live entertainment, a KidsZone and an expo area. Visit www.outraleigh.org.

About LGBT Center of Raleigh: The LGBT Center of Raleigh is a non-profit organization that offers a supporting and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as their friends, family and supporters. Their offices include a library, art gallery, coffee shop, meeting rooms and performance space. Open seven days a week, the center provides social, educational and health programs for all ages and affinity groups. These include youth programs, Gay and Gray, NAIL (No Accidents in Life), M Club, the Women’s Initiative, the Transgender Initiative, HIV /STD testing and the annual OutRaleigh festival. Visit www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

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