Pride Week 2014

Get ready for OKC Pride 2014! Pride Week will kick off with a block party on Friday, June 20th with live performances and events on the strip at 39th & Penn. In addition there will be an Arts Festival on Saturday the 21st, and the Pride Parade on Sunday the 22nd. Stay tuned to this page for more updates as Pride Week planning continues!

2014 Entertainment - Taylor Dayne

We are proud to announce that Taylor Dayne will perform as one of our entertainment headliners for 2014 Pride!

Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music’s most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums and produced 17 Top-20 singles, including such number-one hits as “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love To Me.”

During the course of her career, Taylor has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three Grammy nominations and appeared in many film, television and Broadway stage roles, including Elton John’s, “Aida.” Taylor is also considered a great songwriter, having co-penned Tina Turner’s hit, “Whatever You Want.”

2014 Entertainment - Martha Wash

We are proud to announce that Martha Wash will perform as one of our entertainment headliners for 2014 Pride!

Martha’s voice has dominated the airwaves, and her spirit and charisma have reached millions worldwide. She is responsible for some of the top-selling, most recognizable pop hits of the 80s and 90s. “It’s Raining Men,” the cult-pop classic, is still heard everywhere, including radio, movies and commercials.

“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was the highlight of C&C Music Factory’s career, and sold 5.5 million copies worldwide. Black Box’s album Dreamland featured four number-one Billboard dance singles and three Top-40 hits, including “Strike It Up,” which continues to receive massive airplay and is still heard at NFL and NBA games everywhere.

2014 Parade Grand Marshals

MARY BISHOP & SHARON BALDWIN, GAY PHILLIPS & SUE BARTON

On Nov. 3, 2004, Oklahoma voters approved a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage in the state to opposite-gender couples. On Nov. 4, two Tulsa-area lesbian couples — Mary Bishop & Sharon Baldwin and Sue Barton & Gay Phillips — sued the state and federal governments for the right to marry and for recognition of the marriages of same-gender couples.

In the years since then, Sue and Gay have gotten married in both Canada and California. Together 29 years, they are now fighting for the right to have their marriage recognized by the state of Oklahoma. Mary and Sharon, who have been together 17 years, are still fighting for the right to marry in Oklahoma.

On January 14th, 2014 a U.S. Senior District Judge ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. While this ruling was stayed immediately pending appeal, it is exciting forward progress that has been nine years in the making.

OKC Pride is excited to announce that these two very special couples will be joining us for our 2014 Pride Weekend festivities, and have agreed to serve as the Grand Marshals for the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 22nd!

This year promises more exciting Marriage Equality developments, and we want to honor these four women for the work they have done already, as well as the work that is still ahead for them in the appeals process. Thank you, ladies, and welcome to Oklahoma City!