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07 August 2017 @ 11:14 pm
Pride In My Hometown!  
I am very proud of my city today. This weekend my little Michigan town had its very first Pride festival & parade. I went out for a while to watch some of the performances and check out some of the vendors.

Also, earlier this year, my city opened its first Pride community center. To have a place for the community to get together, and talk about activism/resources and to give the youth a place to feel at home, is an amazing thing. I can’t imagine how great it must be for the younger generation to have a place where they can find their community.

This year we also passed a non-discrimination ordinance that does not allow businesses or housing to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was a fight to get this passed, but we have finally done it. It is 2017, it is about time!

And now we’ve had our first Pride festival and parade!


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My little city has come a long way this year and I can say that, though a lot of times I grumble about still living here, right now I am very proud to call this place my home!

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bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on August 20th, 2017 12:02 am (UTC)
Glad to hear about that! LGTQ youth should have a place to gather, without fear of being beaten up by some homophobe.

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dodger_sister: 80s moviesdodger_sister on January 2nd, 2018 11:47 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear about that! LGTQ youth should have a place to gather, without fear of being beaten up by some homophobe.

I can't imagine what a difference it must make for LGBTQA+ youth to have a place to find their own people, to explore their sexuality in a safe environment (ie a place to meet & discuss and learn).

Sadly, the weekend after the non-discrimination ordinance passed here in my city, the head of our LGBTQA+ community and the head of the fight for the NDO, saw his house burned to the ground with all five pets inside. Luckily neither he nor his wife were home. They never found who did it, but it was labeled as arson. :(