Rainbow Cafe hosts the first Southern Illinois Pride Pageant

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CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center hosted the first Southern Illinois Pride Pageant as a fundraiser for the Southern Illinois Pride Festival.

The event raised more than $2,000 for the festival, which will be held in Carbondale this summer.  Christopher Matthews was named 2019 Mr. Southern Illinois Pride; Shelly Smith is  2019 Miss Southern Illinois Pride; Blanche DuBois is 2019 Southern Illinois Pride Queen, and Faim Lee Jewls is 2019 Southern Illinois Pride King. Their reign goes until 2020.

All photos by Shay Miller of Hot Shoe Photography

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