FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Southern Pride will be held Aug. 14-16. Formerly known until Jan. 1 as United Fayetteville Pride, this is the fourth annual celebration for the city. Included in the activities are those involving education, networking and family fun.

This year TG1/Starr Brooks Ent. and Alvernian Rafeek Events present the festivities that begin on Aug. 14 with The Big, Bold & Beautiful Party beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. at Fanatics Sports Bar, 4939 Bragg Blvd. Music beats will be provided by @VJPumpdabeat. A show featuring drag performers, plus sexy exotic dancers will be part of the party scene. Admission is $10. Promoters said that it’s and “18 to dip, 21 to sip” affair.

On Aug. 15, party all night during The Big Bang Theory Ball at the Retired Military Association Hall, 120 Elizabethtown Rd. Doors will be open from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is $15 before 9 p.m. and $25 afterward. Music will be provided by VJ Pumpdabeat. Bigboy Lloyd Rockthamic and Trebre Blahnik are slated to be Masters of the Mic.

An appreciation picnic takes place on Aug. 16, 12 p.m., at Rowan Park, 725 W. Rowan St. Attendees can enjoy volleyball, kickball, games, spades, free food and music.

The festivities come to a close that evening during The White Party at Zero Degreez Nite Club, 4350 Cumberland Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 3 a.m. Music will be provided by DJ Latenight. Admission is $10/all night in white, $15/all night and $20/VIP.

Host hotel is the Suburban Extended Stay, 3719 Bragg Blvd. Room rates are single/$25 and double/$25. Group code is Southern Pride. Call 910-487-9000 to make reservations.

The organization was started by Alvernian Davis and Benjamin and is run by a board of directors, with hopes of filing for their non-profit status by next year. Its purpose is to increase access to health and wellness-related services, improve relations between the LGBT and straight communities, as well as increase safe spaces for youth by providing mentorship and ongoing support for those experiencing crisis, such as HIV/AIDS, housing and employment.

Sponsorships and contributors are currently being sought.

info: legendofprestige@aol.com. Armon Brooks, 910-273-6590. Alvernian Rafeek, 910-214-8953.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.