22
Oct
09

Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride draws 50,000 at Lake Eola

Click here to view a Soundslide I made for class about the Come Out with Pride event in Orlando.

This was my third attempt at creating a slideshow using the Soundslides program. It’s a must-have tool for many journalists, and it’s extremely easy to use. However, there is still one major thing I haven’t quite gotten the hang of.

When I entered a multimedia contest at my university last year, I heard the judges say that my display lacked timing. I assume that they referred to pacing of the photos, but I was still largely left in the dark. After viewing countless works of others, I started to notice a trend: They simply flowed. They were a conversation in and of themselves. The thoughts of several subjects, never having spoken with one another, intermingled effortlessly.

So, tell me fellow journalists: How can I do that? Have I improved? When you view the slideshow, does it work?

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One day after President Obama reaffirmed his pledge to overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, an estimated 50,000 of Orlando’s gay community and supporters celebrated downtown during the annual Come Out With Pride event.

The event coincided with National Coming Out Day, which serves to encourage discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Dan Brown, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orlando Gay Chorus had a booth among the various tents and vendors. “This is just such a great thing,” he said. Hear Brown and Mr. Gay Florida Universe, Reginald Dunlap, by clicking the player below:

Carissa Papp was adorned in rainbows from head to toe, including her eyelids. “It is an amazing opportunity,” she said while standing under a Best Buy tent. “It’s a place to find out where your LGBT-friendly businesses are… It’s also a great place to educate yourself because there are a lot of non-profit groups that you can get involved with and volunteer.”

Event highlights included Stuart Milk serving as grand marshal of the parade and giving a speech at a post-parade rally. Milk is the nephew of the late Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California who served as a city supervisor until he was murdered in 1978.

According to the central Florida magazine Watermark, the Metropolitan Business Association, an LGBT chamber of commerce, took over the Come Out With Pride event in 2005 and moved the event’s date from June to October to coincide with the national date. That year, it attracted 8,000 people.

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