Quick update. the Bessemer City Council voted today to annex the 350 acres I wrote about here. The vote was 6-1. As expected, Jeffco Comm candidate Jimmie Stephens, looking for votes, voted against the annexation rather than voting in the interests of the citizens of Bessemer.
But this is a Big Plus for Bessemer as it will allow a developer to build warehouses and such near the Norfolk Southern Hub. Things are rockin' in the Bessemer area.
This is Pride week in Birmingham. That includes Bessemer, as we don't have our own Pride celebrations here. Yet. Someday. Here are some pictures from the last Pride or two.
On Wednesday the film, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, will be showing, and a short panel discussion will follow. What is the local importance of Pride? What should the message be? I will be on the Panel, representing Equality Alabama.
On Saturday the Pride Parade takes place, and once again I will be driving the Alabama Stonewall Chevy pickup. Our guys will be blowing bubbles and tossing out candy and maybe some beads. Step-off is at 8:30 at Five Points South.
Patricia Todd and Jennifer rode on our truck last year!
The mis-informed haters are sure to be there.
Sunday is Pridefest at Sloss Furnace, beginning at noon. I'll be there as well, promoting and signing my book, Those Others: Navigating the "Riddle of Homosexuality" in 1965 , promoting Terri Sewell for congress and helping with the Equality Alabama table.
Lamar was one of the performers at last year's Pridefest.
Libertee Belle and Z at Pridefest last year.
Come and join in the fun. More information on these and other events can be found here.