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Dayton LGBT Center Announces Virtual Pride Event For 2020

Jerry Kenney

Downtown Dayton’s Annual Pride festival, which was originally scheduled for early June then postponed until August, has officially been cancelled. The Greater Dayton LGBT Center announced the cancellation on their Facebook page this past weekend.

Board President, RJ McKay says the decision to cancel in-person events wasn’t easy, but something that was necessary.

“We couldn't responsibly hold Pride and know that people would not be negatively, or possibly negatively affected. So, we decided to just go ahead and cancel it,” he said.

However, McKay says the center is planning a virtual Pride celebration that will be televised on cable access channel DATV and streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

“So that hopefully, if you can't tune in live that you'll be able to watch it after the fact.”

The Center says the event on August 22 will be similar to the annual Pride Stage Show that features local speakers and entertainment acts.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.