I want to take this time to thank you for your support to help make your Pride festival a success. And I charge each of you with this tasking to remember our named forbearers and unnamed giants on whose shoulders we stand; together we can all move forward to help insure even more success in the coming years. I encourage everyone that wants to be involved to get involved! Speak up and become part of the solutions to insure your Augusta Pride has a place in the CSRA for years to come.
Lonzo W. Smith II
President Augusta Pride
We’ve come a long way from 50 years ago, when one could be arrested for going to a gay bar. Augusta Pride has also come a long way since I attended the first Festival eight years ago. I’ve cheered on its growth and was energized to join the committee four years ago to keep the festival growing. While the LGBT movement has had many successes in recent years, there are still issues our community needs to address. Workplace and housing discrimination, transgender rights, and adoption rights are just a few battles to be won, while new achievements could slip away with the stroke of a pen or new Court appointment. When you stand up together to be counted, your voices can’t be ignored. The first Stonewall anniversary was about visibility and showing the world that we are your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers, and your family members. I hope to see you this weekend!
Vice President Augusta Pride
BEBE REXHA takes the stage at the Augusta Common on June 23, 2017 at 8 pm our headliner for Beats on Broad, Augusta’s Largest Outdoor Dance Party.
Bebe Rexha’s destiny was always to shake things up. With her quintuple-platinum smash “Me, Myself & I.” she delivered show-stopping performances at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Next, Bebe released her own single “No Broken Hearts” [feat. Nicki Minaj], which amassed over 100 million combined streams, and 125 million YouTube views in less than six months. Another international hit followed with Martin Garrix, “In The Name of Love,” racking up 350 million combined streams. Capping off a banner year, she hosted and performed at the 2016 MTV EMAs. So far, cumulative single sales exceed 8 million worldwide, while total Spotify streams and YouTube views surpass 2 billion and 1.5 billion, respectively. Her current full-length debut All Your Fault is a soundscape inspired by nineties R&B sass and modern pop style. Along the way, she’s received acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Elle, USA Today, Billboard, and many others.
Venus D'Lite appears on the Festival stage June 24, 2017.
Adam Guerra is an actor-performer, famous for his drag queen persona Venus D'Lite. Venus hit the drag performance scene in 2002, quickly securing notoriety as the preeminent Madonna impersonator of our time. He has appeared in a variety of television series, films, and music videos. Venus was a featured contestant on Season 3 of the hit reality television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Venus D'Lite was born in Los Angeles. His mother was responsible for exposing Venus to icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Grace Jones, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli and the musical Cabaret, while his name was inspired by the 1986 Bananarama hit cover song "Venus". His fascination with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna paved the road to his success as one of the industry's most talented drag performers. Venus first hit the stage in drag with a Marilyn impersonation in 2002, marking the 40th anniversary of Monroe's death. This performance led to Venus appearing as Marilyn on the reality sitcom: The Anna Nicole Smith Show. Admirers soon began to draw parallels between Venus and his childhood idol Madonna due to physical similarities. His extraordinary ability to transform into Madonna made him enormously popular in the Southern California gay scene.
The newfound fame led to Venus appearing on the daytime talk show Ricki Lake where she performed Madonna's "Like a Virgin". Venus went on later to appear in Christiana Aguilera's video "Hurt" in 2006. This was followed by a role in the 2007 satirical comedy "The Comebacks", which to this date is the only motion picture featuring a Madonna female impersonator. D'Lite is currently the youngest cast member of the acclaimed drag show: The Dreamgirls Revue and performs frequently at several Los Angeles gay clubs.
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