UPDATE: The 1st Annual Rainbows & Roses 2017 was a great success!  The coalition raised enough money to hire a project coordinator to support the coalition.  Plans are already underway for 2018.  If you would like to be involved, please sign up for the coalition enews at the bottom of this site or visit and like our Facebook page. 


Rainbows & Roses was designed so you can soirée your way in support of the LGBTQ+ Community Center, with VIP arts, performance, and swanky experiences at the elegant and delicious Lola above Butchertown Grocery and fashion & drag show at Play, including a performance by RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Latrice Royale!

Join us Thurby evening for the best Derby party in town!


Strange Fruit co-hosts Jaison Gardner and Kaila Story invited Coalition members on air to talk Rainbows & Roses Soirée! Click on the image to hear the episode via WFPL!

Strange Fruit co-hosts Jaison Gardner and Kaila Story invited Coalition members on air to talk Rainbows & Roses Soirée! Click on the image to hear the episode via WFPL!


YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS!

Your support will allow us to expand our capacity by hiring a Coordinator to support further community engagement and strategic planning toward designing and building a LGBTQ+ Community Center open to people from all neighborhoods, socio-economic backgrounds and stages in their LGBTQ+ journey.

Thanks to all of our sponsors of the Rainbows & Roses Soirée including Modern Louisville, Lola above Butchertown Grocery, Campari, PLAY Louisville, Heaven Hill, Fair Event Vendors Alliance (FEVA), Cake Flour, Spotz Gelato, Boston's Floral Couture, 21c Museum Hotel, Suspend Louisville, Muvtek and...

The Muriel Pollia Foundation


We determined ticket prices based on discussions with community members. In addition to being a fundraiser, Rainbows & Roses is designed to ensure that all LGBTQ+ members of our community are able to celebrate Louisville's "Derby" tradition regardless of financial ability and in an environment where they feel welcome and safe.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!


VIP Ticket | $150
Entry into Lola above Butchertown Grocery & Play Louisville

At Lola above Butchertown Grocery, guests will enjoy:
- Open Bar provided by Campari featuring custom Rainbows & Roses glasses
- Hors D'oeuvres by Chef Bobby Benjamin
- Arts & culture experiences including an exclusive performance by LouisVogue, Acting Against Cancer, and art installations including work by including work by Vian Sora, Jocelyn Duke, Kevin Warth.

At Play Louisville, guests will enjoy:
- Meet & greet with RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Latrice Royale at Play Louisville sponsored by Heaven Hill
- Dramatic fashion show experience & drag performances including RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Latrice Royale
-  Aerial performance installation by Suspend

 


Ticket to Play ~ $10
Entry into Play Louisville

At Play Louisville, guests will enjoy:
- Dramatic fashion show experience
- Drag performances including RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Latrice Royale sponsored by Heaven Hill
- Arts & culture experiences organized by Louisville artists
- Sweet treats by Cake Flour & Spotz Gelato
- Aerial performance installation by Suspend
- Video projections presented by 21c Museum Hotel
- Art by Louisville-based artists John Brooks, Jake Ford and Edward Taylor. 

Thanks to FEVA for partnering with the LGBTQ+ Community Coalition to help produce our Rainbows & Roses experience at Play.


Click to read Modern Louisville's article: An All-Inclusive Affair: The Rainbows & Roses Soiree

Click to read Modern Louisville's article: An All-Inclusive Affair: The Rainbows & Roses Soiree

Leo Lopez, Darren Jordan, Nicholas Moore, Josh Bowling, Micah McGowan and Rachel Lighter, community members who have all participated in LGBTQ+ Community Coalition town hall meetings and Rainbows & Roses planning. Photo by Antonio Pantoja

Leo Lopez, Darren Jordan, Nicholas Moore, Josh Bowling, Micah McGowan and Rachel Lighter, community members who have all participated in LGBTQ+ Community Coalition town hall meetings and Rainbows & Roses planning. Photo by Antonio Pantoja


Can't attend and want to make a tax-deductible donation? Click here!

Rainbows & Roses Experiences

 

RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Latrice Royale

It is important to understand that a show by Latrice Royale is no ordinary show.  What you are about to encounter is an Adventure.

An adventure that you will ever forget.

Latrice's motto is “Diversity is the Key to Captivating an Audience”. 

Click here to learn more about Latrice Royale.

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Thanks to Heaven Hill Brands for providing attendees with the Latrice Royale experience!

 

Video Projections Presented by 21c Museum Hotel

Elena Dorfman (American)
Costume Play, 2007     
Single channel video, Runtime: 10 minutes.

Collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotel

 

Elena Dorfman’s Fandomania series examines the culture of cosplay and cosplayers. Cosplay—a Japanese linguistic contraction of the words “costume” and “role-play”—is a fan-based phenomenon where participants dress in costumes and live part of their lives as characters from video games, animated films, and Japanese graphic novels. Dorfman notes that, “cosplay has no boundaries, is unpredictable, open-ended. It includes both the fantastic and the mundane, the sexually abhorrent and innocent, female characters who become samurai warriors and brainy scientists, and male characters who magically change their sex.” These formally classical images capture not only that gender ambiguity and sexual fluidity inherent in cosplay, but also the vulnerability and pride of teenagers and young adults incorporating fantasies into their reality.

Scott Draves (American)
Red Universe 243, 2010
Single channel video, Runtime: 20:40 minutes.

Collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotel

 

Working at the intersection of art and technology, Scott Draves describes the genesis of his work as both an organic and artificial process, influenced by both human behavior and digital manipulation: “The smoothly morphing animations that make up the loop in Red Universe 243 are called sheep, after the open-source system I created that forms them, the Electric Sheep. The Electric Sheep is an internet-distributed cyborg mind made up of 450,000 computers and people, working in concert to give birth to new sheep. The framework for the genetic material of all sheep is an open-source algorithm, or computer software code, made with thousands of parameters and millions of variables that I created in 1992, called Flame. The majority of sheep reproduction is by Darwinian evolution, the genetic survival of the most appreciated designs: viewers all over the Internet judge the art that appears on their computer screens as soon as the designs are generated, and the most popular survive and reproduce, creating the sequence of images seen here. The sheep from generation 243 of the Electric Sheep, represent the birth, life, and transformation of an universe; the story of Red Universe 243 is an exploration of my desire to deepen the relationship between human and machine.”