Orlando, Florida – On March 12th, The KindRED Pride Foundation announced a new global vision building on the tradition of “gay day” at Magic Kingdom, which is always held on the first Saturday of June to kick off Pride month. The KindRED Pride Foundation was inspired by the desire to expand the 28-year tradition of the original “Gay Day at Magic Kingdom” in Orlando.
The Gay Day event started with just a handful of people who decided they would meet socially on the first Saturday in June in front of the castle. They would all wear red t-shirts to identify each other since most had only met on a computer bulletin board and never all in person. It quickly grew to one of the largest LGBT annual gatherings in the world. The growth was in part a result of the national media exposure brought on by the protests by far-right groups threatening to boycott. The original attendees unwittingly pioneered one of the first gay travel “destination” weekends.
The KindRED Pride Foundation’s mission is to honor the kindred spirit, bravery, and courage of the original attendees back in 1991 by expanding the desire to bring the community together to celebrate and to support endeavors by like-minded charities within the LGBT community by producing sporting, music, and other special events. The organization is aligning with national, regional, and local non-profits who provide valuable resources to fight bullying, teen homelessness, HIV services, and other services to the LGBT community. The Foundation’s hope is that the first Saturday of June will continue to be the day that kindred spirits around the world wear red in solidarity with the project. The goal is to get a millionr or more like-minded people to wear red on June 1st. Learn more at Kindredpride.org. T (Kindred Pride Foundation Press Release)