In this month of Pride celebrations, our minds tend to go to the big ones: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, but there are also a whole slate of other pride celebrations that happen in smaller town and cities accross the country. And though they may not have as big a crowd, they may be creating the biggest impact in our march toward full equality.
Austin Beach has spent his whole life in Frederick, but the 19-year-old recently realized there never had been a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride event in the city.
“That was something we wanted to change,” he said.
His dream became a reality with the first Pride Picnic in the Park on Saturday. More than 200 people came to Ballenger Creek Park to participate in games, listen to speakers and check out more than a dozen area vendors.
“It’s about having a good time and pride in who you are,” Beach said. “Nothing like this has ever been done before [in Frederick]. It is the start of everything.”
If you’ve got a pride celebration in your particular corner of the world, post a comment about it. I’d love to read about others.