PHOTOS: KindRED Pride Foundation’s We Are One concert kicks off RED Shirt Pride Days

By : Jeremy Williams
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KindRED Pride Foundation made quite a statement with its inaugural “We Are One: An Extravaganza for Diversity & Inclusion” benefit concert at Disney Springs’ House of Blues in Orlando May 30.

Hosted by WFTV’s Jorge Estevez and comedian Erin Foley, the star-studded fundraiser kicked off with some hilarious stand-up from co-host Foley and went nonstop with amazing talent.

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KindRED Pride Foundation combines multiple genres for its inaugural ‘We Are One’ concert

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The KindRED Pride Foundation’s biggest goal when they decided to launch an annual benefit concert during the newly-named RED Shirt Pride Days was to unify one voice at one time in one location. An event like that could only be called one thing—We Are One.

“We Are One: An Extravaganza for Diversity & Inclusion” is “a star-studded fundraiser and benefit concert” bringing together different forms of entertainment and genres to support the nonprofits that support our community.

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RED Shirt Pride Day looks to continue Orlando’s traditional Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom

By : Jeremy Williams
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In June 1991, a group of LGBTQ Central Floridians—led by openly gay Orlando resident Doug Swallow—decided to meet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to say to “The Most Magical Place On Earth” that “We’re here, we’re queer and we’d like to see Cinderella’s Castle!”

“[Doug said] ‘let’s go be somewhere where we can be ourselves and let people see that we’re normal people, but let them know that we are gay … we’ll do something like wear a red shirt so we can know who each other are.’ That was totally Doug’s idea, to make that day what it is,” said Michael Wanzie, a Central Florida entertainer who was at the very first event, in an interview with Watermark in 2018.

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