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Beaumont To Celebrate First Pride Parade

Beaumont will be holding its first Gay Pride parade on June 21st. Organizers have faced minor backlash and even more positive response. From the Houston Public Media NewsLab, Chris Cantu reports.

 

The first gay Pride Parade was held in 1970. It came a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. The Riots were a backlash from the gay community against police brutality and raids of gay establishments.

Today there are hundreds of pride festivals and parades around the world, including here in Houston.

On June 21st, Beaumont will be joining in on the celebration for their own parade.

Chance Henson is part of the Pride Committee. He believes that it’s important for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered community to be visible and accessible.

“It’s really important for members of our community to know that there is a family here, that there’s a place to go, that there are other LGBT people in the area that are organized and are willing and more than capable of giving out the support that sometimes they really desperately need.”

To Henson, the significance of holding a first Pride Parade would mean a lot to the community.

“It’s a big deal to have a first pride, but not just because of the historical relevance, but mostly because it’s very intimately personal to a lot of people to have this moment.”

Organizers have faced minor backlash and barriers since the decision to hold a Pride festival, but it’s been met with overwhelming positive response from local businesses and entertainers who have opened their doors for support.  

“…and I think the reason we were all taken by surprise is that there’s never been an opportunity for our allies and businesses and the straight community to voice their support so publicly….they just needed the opportunity to show that.”

The Parade will begin at 11 AM.

Henson hopes the festival will help those looking for a connection within the community.

“…after Pride, they’ll realize, just how much of a family we really are here In Beaumont.”

For more information on Beaumont Pride, you can go to houstonpublicmedia.org

 

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