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Dallas Pride Executive Director Jaron Turnbow, second from left, and members of the Dallas Pride Committee (Photo courtesy of Dallas Pride) Dallas Pride returns in force with a weekend full of in-person celebrations TAMMYE NASH | Managing Dallas Pride returns to a full weekend of in-person celebration at Fair Park this weekend, with the Miller Lite Music Festival kicking off at 11 a.m.

on Saturday, June 4, followed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. This year’s theme, noted Dallas Pride Executive Director Jaron Turnbow, is Live Out Proud, and it has two meanings: “We should always Live Out Proud as an LGBTQ community, but we can now also Live Out Proud by coming together again after two years of mostly isolation from each other.” Turnbow said that he has been very encouraged by the enthusiasm he has seen building over the last few months as organizers have been putting the final touches on planning for the 39th Dallas Pride events. “I have heard so much excitement in literally every communication about how ready and happy everyone is to be able to gather for an in-person Pride again,” he said. “We need the kind of togetherness that this one weekend brings every year for every age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and subculture — including our amazing allies. “It’s going to be the biggest year yet.” In 2019, Turnbow had just stepped into Michael Doughman’s enormous shoes as executive director of Dallas Pride, and the celebration had been switched not only from Oak Lawn to Fair Park but also from September to the first week in June.

It was a year of huge changes, but organizers were excited about the first Pride in Fair Park and were already looking forward to

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