Curacao to host the island’s first gay pride week

A masked street dance in downtown Willemstad, a White Party Curacao Style, a movie marathon, an awards ceremony and the first Caribbean Conference on Women and Sexual Diversity are just a few of the big and small ways the island of Curacao will honor LGBT icons and allies in the its first ever Gay Pride Week celebration. Gay Pride Week is a natural evolution of the former, and very popular, Get Wet Festival. But this celebration aims to be bigger and better with a full agenda of diverse events over five days. Curacao Pride 2013 takes place from 25 to 29 September.
 
“Curacao has always been welcoming to the LGBT community with appropriately oriented accommodations, events and attitude,” says André Rojer, Curaçao Tourist Board Marketing Manager North America. “But Gay Pride Week is a whole other dimension. We’re right up there now celebrating our diversity and pride along with cities like San Francisco, New York, Miami and others who annually host Gay Pride Weeks. We’re looking forward to the power and potential of this celebration.”
 
Gay Pride Week is being organized by Curacao Gay Pro, an association comprised of professional organizations and individuals working with, or for, Curacao’s LGBT communities. Curacao Gay Pro (CGPro) is a collaborative effort between the Floris Suite Hotel, The Curaçao Pink House/Pride Foundation (FOKO), The Gallery Lounge Gay Club, Pepper Katana and Williwood Country Pub and Terrace.
 
Curacao Gay Pro says the launch of Curacao Pride 2013 is beginning of a new era, one that comes after years of outreach and education within the Curacaoan community. The island hopes that this event, combined with its “live and let live” attitude will position Curacao as the most welcoming island in the Caribbean.
 
The Curacao Tourist Board and several island hotels are proud members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC).

Source = The Curaçao Tourist Board
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