Thousands of Gays Expected in Rhea County on Saturday
But Little Interest Sparked for Sponsors, Vendors
Chattanoogan, May 3, 2004
As many as 3,500 homosexuals and lesbians from across the
country are expected in Dayton on Saturday for “Rhea County Gay Day.”
There has been a large amount of press interest in the
event, including a front-page article Sunday in the Nashville Tennessean
headlined “Vote On Gays Brings Dayton New Infamy.”
However, organizers are having trouble finding sponsors
Those putting on the Gay Day say they still are short
some $5,000 for expenses, and there has been very little interest by vendors.
Gay Day Rhea County T-shirts are available, however.
The event, to be held at Dayton City Point Park at
Highways 27 and 30, was concocted after the Rhea County Commission voted—and then quickly rescinded—a gay ban in the county.
Planned activities include speakers and sporting events,
including a volleyball tournament. There will also be boating and baseball.
A highlight is set to be a June Griffin impersonator
contest. Mrs. Griffin is a Rhea County resident who is outspoken against gay
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