PACEY Fundraiser — Monday, 18 February 2019

The Port Grill will be hosting a fundraiser for PACEY (PACE’s social support group for LGBTQA high school to college age individuals) on Monday (18 February 2019) from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

More details about this fund-raiser can be found here (Facebook event link).

PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) is a nonpartisan organization that works to advance equality in Northwest Louisiana so that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can lead open, honest, responsible, and safe lives at home and in the workplace.

PACEY provides a safe and affirming environment for peer-to-peer social interaction and support for LGBTQA youth and young adults in our community.


PACE Pride in the Park this Saturday (28 April 2018)


PACE’s Pride in the Park Family Picnic this Saturday (28 April 2018) with live music from the Hollow Decks, food trucks, a bounce house, vendors and more!!!

Shreveport LA  (24 April 2018) — Last year PACE moved its annual pride picnic to April to avoid the summer heat and it was such a great success that we are making the move permanent!! Everyone is invited to join us as we proudly celebrate the lives of Northwest Louisiana’s LGBTQ community at our annual family-friendly “Pride in the Park” picnic at Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport LA on Saturday (28 April 2018) from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, with a free yoga class preceding the picnic at 10:00 AM.

The fifth annual PACE Pride in the Park will have food trucks on hand, various community booths to visit, vendors, and much more! There will be fun for the whole family with a story time booth, a bounce house, and a face painting vendor on site. The Ice Queen from Never Ending Stories, LLC, will be walking around throughout the park passing out coloring sheets, taking pictures, and making new friends.

Food trucks include: Ono’s Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine, Happy Belly’s Italian Ice Factory, Dat’s Nacho Truck, Music to Your Mouth Food Truck, Shiver Shack Shaved Ice, Rib Tip Express, and Hot Dog Hut. Beer and wine will be for sale by the Korner Lounge. PACE koozies also for sale!!!

There will be LIVE music from a Shreveport favorite, The Hollow Decks! The Hollow Decks play all the nostalgic hits from the ‘90s, from Alternative, Grunge, Pop, R&B, and everything in between. The Hollow Decks – All ‘90s All the Time!

Come early at 10 am for FREE yoga with James Osborne from Breathe Yoga. Make sure to bring your yoga mat and comfy clothes!

See our Pride in the Park event on Facebook or on our website.

For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to or find us on Facebook.


Contact information

Nicole McFarland, Social Chair
(318) 415-9802

Submitted by

Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political & Communications Director
(318) 393-6556

PACE moves pride picnic to April — Pride in the Park family picnic 8 April 2017

For Immediate Release
PACE moves its pride picnic to April: Pride in the Park family picnic, 8 April 2017

Shreveport LA — 17 March 2017 — PACE is moving its annual pride picnic this year to avoid the summer heat!!  Everyone is invited to join us as we proudly celebrate the lives of Northwest Louisiana’s LGBT community at our annual family-friendly “Pride in the Park” picnic at Betty Virginia Park on Saturday, 8 April 2017, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Bring a picnic lunch or cash to purchase food from Jester’s Catering.  Beer will be available for purchase from The Korner Lounge (cash only).  Water will be provided.  Local nonprofits and businesses will have tables at the picnic, and there are five festive fun events planned:  Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Themed T-Shirt Contest, Easter Themed Best Basket Contest, Drag Race, and dress your pet in their best Pride or Easter finery for the Doggy Style Show.

See our Pride in the Park event on Facebook.


For more information about PACE (“People Acting for Change and Equality”), Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to or find us on Facebook at


Contact information
Allen Phelps, Social Chair
(701) 500-0227

Submitted by
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political & Communications Director

Press Release — North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Opening Reception with Robert L. Camina


PACE’s 7th NLGLFF opening weekend reception to feature nationally recognized filmmaker Robert L. Camina and Upstairs Inferno — the forgotten New Orleans story about the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history

Shreveport LA — 20 August 2015 — On 24 June 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans LA.  The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.  Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified.  One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy.  The primary suspect was never charged with the crime.  The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives.  There were also the delayed injuries:  lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families.  The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.  So PACE is very pleased to announce that award-winning filmmaker Robert L. Camina will bring his 2015 documentary about this tragedy, Upstairs Inferno, to our 7th North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, running 18-24 September 2015 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. The film is narrated by New Orleans’ own New York Times Best Selling author, Christopher Rice.

Robert L. Camina will be the special guest at our festive Opening Weekend Reception from 6 – 7:30 PM, Saturday 19 September 2015, and will conduct a Q & A following his 7:45 PM documentary film Upstairs Inferno.  On Sunday afternoon, 20 September 2015, Camina will conduct an extended Q & A on filmmaking following another screening of his film.  A third screening will take place later in the week.

Camina is best known for his film, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, a documentary about the controversial 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar, which resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. The raid sparked an uproar, resulting in historic changes, transforming Fort Worth into a leader in LGBT equality.  The film, narrated by TV icon Meredith Baxter, opened to rave reviews and a media frenzy in March 2012.  Since the premiere, the film has screened at dozens of film festivals (including the NLGLFF) and garnered multiple awards, including 5 “Best” film awards.  After the film’s debut, Camina was invited to the White House for President Obama’s LGBT Pride Month Reception in 2012.  The U. S. State Department also screened Raid of the Rainbow Lounge to a delegation of visitors from Europe participating in the Department’s International Visitor Leadership program.  The North Texas U.S. Attorney asked Camina to speak about and screen the documentary for her office. It was also screened at the Library of Congress.

Our opening weekend films and Saturday reception will also feature additional filmmakers to be announced soon!

Reception tickets can be purchased online beginning 24 August 2015 at the film festival website for $25 ($30 cash at the door).  All film tickets will be available from the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas Street, Shreveport LA, 318-459-4122, starting 1 September 2015. Watch the web sites for announcements of additional films and special events during the festival.  Both the opening weekend reception and film (tickets purchased separately) are expected to sell out.

For more information about PACE, north Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the LGBT community, go to For more information about the film festival, visit


Contact information
Gary McCollister, Film Festival Chair

David Hylan, Film Festival Celebrity Chair

Submitted by
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political Director

PACE forum to feature mayoral candidates (

This information comes from the Shreveport Times web site:

All six Shreveport mayoral candidates are confirmed to attend the People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE) 2014 candidate forum.

The forum will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Deaf Action Center, 601 Jordan St. in Shreveport. The forum is free and open to the public. A catered reception will follow the question and answer session with candidates. Voter registration will be available.

PACE is northwest Louisiana’s primary advocacy organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. For more information contact PACE political director Adrienne Critcher at (318) 869-3930 or visit this event’s Facebook page.

Additional information can be found here.

Press Release — “All Candidates to Attend PACE Shreveport Mayoral Forum this Sunday”

All Candidates Confirmed for PACE Shreveport Mayoral Forum –Sunday, 21 September 2014


Shreveport, LA – 15 September 2014 — All six Shreveport mayoral candidates have confirmed their attendance at the PACE 2014 Shreveport Mayoral Forum.  Anna Marie Arpino, Sam Jenkins, Victoria Provenza, Melvin Slack, Ollie Tyler, and Patrick Williams will all be participating in a “Question and Answer” session open to the public on Sunday (21 September 2014) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Deaf Action Center (601 Jordan Street, Shreveport).

PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) is a nonpartisan organization that works to advance equality in Northwest Louisiana so that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can lead open, honest, responsible, and safe lives at home and in the workplace.  We believe that the most effective way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.

A reception will follow the Q & A Forum.  PACE will not be endorsing any candidate, but will simply make the views of each candidate known to our members and the public.  Candidates for other offices will be recognized at the forum.  Voter registration will also be available.

For more information, please contact PACE Political Director Adrienne Critcher at 318-869-3930.

For more information about PACE — People Acting for Change and Equality — Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the LGBT community, go to or find us on Facebook at


Media contact information
Adrienne Critcher
PACE Political Director

Pride in the Park Picnic — 7 June 2014

This information comes from the 2014 PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) Executive Team:

Pride in the Park
Celebrate pride with PACE next Saturday (7 June 2014) at Betty Virginia Park from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

PACE will be providing food and drink.  We’ll be on the Line Avenue side, but the official address is on Fairfield Avenue.

We need your help to make sure the word gets out to as many people as possible.  Please share this email with your friends, and post our Facebook event on your Facebook page!  Let’s show Shreveport what LGBT pride looks like.

Help Setup
If you’re available to help setup for Pride in the Park we’d love to have your help.

Bring Stuff
We’re asking PACE members to bring chilled, cut watermelon to the park on Saturday to share with picnic guests.

If you’re able to help out, either by bringing food or by helping setup (or both), please let PACE President Jeremy Abbott know by emailing him at

Pride T-Shirt Contest
A $100.00 cash prize will be awarded to the best pride-themed t-shirt. Show your creativity and your pride!

Everyone is invited, so please tell your friends!

Please RSVP on Facebook.

PACE Pride Picnic Flyer
2014 PACE Pride in the Park Flyer

#GetCovered Shreveport (8 March 2014)

#GetCovered Shreveport will be happening at Mall St. Vincent (in front of Sears) on Saturday (8 March 2014) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is leading a massive mission to get Shreveport residents enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.

The “Get Covered Shreveport” campaign is being spearheaded by local barbers, beauticians, health care professionals, community and faith-based organizations committed to helping people prepare to register on Saturday.

Volunteers will be available at this event to help individuals enroll on the spot.

The #GetCovered Shreveport Day of action seeks to:

  • Inform people about new coverage options and the financial assistance available
  • Provide information to help people make the best health care decision for themselves and their families
  • Offer trained counselors to discuss appropriate options, either in person or via telephone

In order to enroll, applicants will need the following:

  1. Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  2. Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  3. Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members.
  4. A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible.

For more information — call 1-800-318-2596 or visit

Shreveport Fairness Ordinance Stands (14 January 2014)


BeFairShreveportSHREVEPORT— A Shreveport City Council member dropped his attempt to overturn the city’s month-old Fairness Ordinance that grants far-reaching protections to the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizens.

Councilmember Ron Webb moved to withdraw his proposal to repeal the ordinance after it became clear that the other six council members were firm in their votes to uphold the ordinance. His withdrawal was unanimously adopted.

Continue reading “Shreveport Fairness Ordinance Stands (14 January 2014)”

Stop the repeal of Fairness Ordinance

This comes from Adrienne Critcher (PACE Political Director):


YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  On Tuesday (14 January 2014), the Shreveport City Council will vote on an ordinance that would legalize discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Shreveport Fairness Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity just passed overwhelmingly by 6-1 on 10 December 2013 and now — the lone dissenting voter — Ron Webb is immediately trying to get it repealed.  The repeal will be voted on 14 January 2014.

Please do 2 things:

  1. Attend the City Council meeting (3:00 PM, 14 January 2014, 505 Travis Street, Shreveport LA). The Facebook event is here.
  2. Please contact the City Council to ask them to continue to support the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance by voting against its repeal.  Ask them to vote against Ron Webb’s attempt to legalize discrimination!  Be positive–passage of the Fairness Ordinance got national attention branding Shreveport as forward-looking and welcoming to all!  Thank the City Council for its overwhelming support of the ordinance and ask them to reject the repeal.  Email the entire city council ( or email just the 6 council members who voted for the Fairness Ordinance:


Adrienne Critcher
PACE Political Director