BOCA RATON, FL — For the first time ever, a 2015 Rainbow Festivus Pole will be created to celebrate the recent US Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the land.
“We’re going to cloak our erect pole in the colors of diversity, acceptance, and pride to be an inclusive nation,” said Chaz Stevens, staunch civil rights advocate and creator of the World Famous Beer Can Festivus Pole.
Stevens added, “Our 2013/4 PBR Festivus pole was silly. This year’s Gay Festivus Pole is simply ridiculous, but that’s both the beauty and the art. We hope our efforts will raise awareness and curb the tormenting and bullying of young people struggling with their sexual identity, and to that end, we’ve launched a KickStarter to hopefully raise some money for the It Gets Better Project. First there was potato salad, now the Gay Rainbow Festivus Pole; sometimes you need to erect a big gay pole in their front yard to make people take notice. Thank goodness Al Gore invented the Internet.”
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
In addition to their Kickstarter project, Stevens’ team will launch The Humanity Fund, a year-round effort devoted to promoting awareness to various civil rights issues.
For the past couple of years, Stevens has erected Festivus Poles of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans in the Florida Capitol rotunda and other locations. In 2013, the pole drew considerable media attention, including coverage on Fox News, the Daily Show, and The Colbert Report.
When asked if Tallahassee was this year’s end-game, Stevens replied, “We’re not limiting ourselves to Florida. We exploring our options in DC, New York City, and across the globe. This is a really worthy endeavor, and I think folks will really get behind this idea.”