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City Lights Celebrates SAMESEX With Exhibit, Pride Parade, Variety Show

The SameSex Pride Walk in downtown Bridgeport
The SameSex Pride Walk in downtown Bridgeport Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — City Lights invites the public to the 7th annual SAMESEX exhibit Thursday night, followed by the yearly Pride Parade, a drag contest and a variety show featuring members of Les Ballet Eloelle and a Liberace tribute.

SAMESEX explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction and current affairs. Artists, who need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate, have created paintings, photography, fiber art and pottery for the show, which is sponsored by Triangle Community Center and Dave Ivanko and John Brannelly.

The opening night reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 20. A $10 cover includes music and light refreshments.

Be on hand at 7 p.m. for the drag contest with three categories and cash prizes.

At 7:45 p.m., you’re invited to take part in the annual Bridgeport Pride March that winds through downtown and often includes costumes and a stilt walker.

At 8 p.m., doors open for the Bridgeport Pride Show, a fundraiser for City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at nearby Downtown Cabaret Theatre. The evening features members of the world-renowned all-male ballet company Les Ballet Eloelle, a Liberace tribute and more. Tickets are $25 and include the exhibition reception.

Still not sleepy? Party on at Tito’s and Oliver’s Lounge and Mexican restaurant, 1086 Broad Street.

City Lights is located at 265 Golden Hill Street.

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