By Annette Hope Billings
TOPEKA - “Love Is My Superpower!”declares the 2017 Topeka Pride t-shirt designed by local illustrator, Mallory Goeke. According to Topeka Pride president, Nicole Nesmith, the city will celebrate its 2017 pride week Sept. 11-16. The week includes something for everyone from children’s activities to trivia to burlesque.
The week will begin with an educational program presented by Beacon Youth Group (BYG). BYG is a vibrant group that provides support and education to LGBTQIA youth ages 12-20. This program will be at The Break Room Metro Eatery at 6pm on the 11th.
On Wednesday 9/13, NOTO Burrito in Topeka’s NOTO Arts District will host a percentage night with a portion of all food sales going to Topeka Pride.
The Break Room will again host “Get a Clue Trivia,” which has been a monthly event, on Sept. 14. The amazing Ms. Amanda Love will grace the evening of trivia with her presence which guarantees fun. Pride month’s trivia will have a special prize of $100 going to the winning team.
Pride Week continues with the Topeka Pride Drag Show on Sept. 15 at Serendipity in NOTO Arts District. Doors open at 8pm. There will be performers from Kansas City, Wichita, Lawrence and Topeka providing entertainment.
The celebration culminates with two activities on Sept. 16. Topeka Pride in the Park — a picnic-themed event, will be held at Shelter House #4 at Lake Shawnee from 12-4pm. Food, beverages and live music will be provided along with bouncy houses, cotton candy and carnival games for children. This event is free.
The week’s final event will be the Topeka Pride After Party, Burlesque and Variety Show at 7pm at Serendipity. Organized by Kansas City Cabaret, this show will end Pride Week with a crescendo. l