March 19th, 2021
🌈Major Pride Announcement🌈
We are elated and honored to announce our guest speaker for JOMO PrideFest 2021 on Aug. 28th & 29th, Sara Cunningham; author, activist and founder of the national organization Free Mom Hugs
"Sara Cunningham's journey is a surprising one that began in conservative Oklahoma, when her son, Parker, came out as gay. As a woman of faith, Sara wrestled with the news until she began to study, research, and reconcile the two worlds. This journey resulted in her book How We Sleep at Night. She found herself on a journey “from the church to the Pride parade,” falling in love with the LGBTQIA+ community. In the wake of beautiful glitter-covered hugs and heart-breaking horror stories, the mission of Free Mom Hugs began. Simple acts of love and acceptance turned into a viral sensation, and Sara knew she had the opportunity to lead impactful change.
Free Mom Hugs is now a movement across the country and the world. Sara goes Beyond the Hug to educate and advocate organizations of all types including schools and businesses striving for safe and protected spaces. She has appeared, many times with her son Parker, on the Today show and The RuPaul Show and spoke at the 2019 GLAAD Awards. She also has been featured in many national publications including The Washington Post, Woman’s Day magazine, and People magazine. Sara is currently in partnership with Jamie Lee Curtis, who has purchased the rights to her book and will release a movie based on her story. An upcoming documentary about the Mama Bears movement by award winning director Daresha Kyi also features Sara and the Free Mom Hugs movement.
Sara’s passion is to change the perspective of the outside world toward this beautiful part of our community so that we as a society, not only learn to affirm, but more importantly, celebrate. Her goal is to help parents and children have authentic relationships and understanding for each other using her own experience and education as a guide. Sara is passionate about connecting with faith, civic, and business leaders in efforts to make the world a kinder, safer place for our LGBTQIA+ family. She is gifted at inspiring others to join her in this movement that is sweeping the nation and the world."
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March 18th, 2021
miss gay america, pattaya hart, coming to joplin
The suspense has been killing us! We figured now is as good of a time as any to announce a VERY special guest coming all the way from New York City to celebrate with us during JOMO PrideFest 2021
We are proud and honored to announce our 2021 JOMO Pride Grand Marshal, none other than the reigning Symbol of Excellence herself, Pattaya Hart Miss Gay America 2020-2021!
Join Pattaya as she leads our annual JOMO Pride March and watch her slay on the Bodegas Mainstage and at performances throughout the event!
Stay tuned for other major pride announcements & spread the word! #MissGayAmerica #PattayaHart #JOMOpride #PrideFest #Joplin
March 17th, 2021
PrideFest host hotel announced
Excited to announce our JOMO PrideFest Hotel Partner for 2021: TownePlace Suites by Marriott Joplin at 4026 S. Arizona!
Stay where our stars stay, like Miss Gay America, Miss Gay Missouri America and other special Pride 2021 guests!
JOMO PrideFest 2021 attendees get a special rate when booked directly through the link below!
Each room is designed as a suite with full kitchens and all the bells and whistles! Full breakfast each morning, workout room & business center, free wifi, and a pool to relax in after a long day of Pride festivities!
With this being our first full two day (PLUS) event we are excited to offer our visitors flexibility with their stay in Joplin!
Check in early on Friday the 27th to check out the Pre-Pride festivities downtown Friday, and be there early for our big PrideFest Kick-off event at 11am on Saturday the 28th!
March 05th, 2021
Drag bingo pride fundraiser scheduled for april 2nd
Join us for our wildly popular Drag Bingo PrideFest Fundraiser on April 2nd at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub! Come early to check out the silent auction and add you name to our 50/50 cash raffle!
Special performances + Bingo + Prizes + Silent Auction + 50/50 Raffle + Great Food & Drinks all for a GREAT CAUSE!
All proceeds raised benefit JOMO PrideFest 2021 and Joplin's LGBTQ+ Community!
Help spread the word by sharing our event page on Facebook and inviting friends! See you there!
March 01st, 2021
donations needed for april 2nd drag bingo pridefest fundraiser
We are seeking donations of gift cards, gift baskets, service packages, artwork and other unique items for our PrideFest Drag Bingo Fundraiser to raise much needed funds to put on our annual in-person pride event! Consider showing your support by donating and attending our event! 🌈❤️ Shoot us a message or email at email@example.com for more information and to arrange dropping off your donation! We are a 501c3 non-profit organization so donations are tax deductible and go to support Joplin's LGBTQ+ Community.
March 01st, 2021
JOMO Pridefest 2021 main sponsor announced!
JOMO Pride Inc is proud and honored to announce the return of Bodegas (https://www.facebook.com/bodegasjoplin/) as our Corporate Sponsor for JOMO PrideFest 2021 !
Bodegas is a locally owned brick & mortar small business in Downtown Joplin at 515 S. Main. They have a wide variety of Custom Glass Smoking Accessories, Kratom & CBD products, as well as their BRAND NEW Adult Boutique!
Bodegas is one of the few LGBTQ owned and allied businesses in Joplin who prides itself in being a safe, welcome and inclusive workplace for employees and guests.
Make sure to like and follow their page, and stop in sometime to show your appreciation for their support for our community. 🌈
"Our Community, For Equality"
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