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Organizers plan Beaumont's first Gay Pride event

BEAUMONT - By Leslie Rangel

Everyone is getting ready for the party.

"What we don't have is confetti, so we're making confetti," Jacqueline Hays, the volunteer chair says. 

Orleans street Pub in downtown Beaumont has turned into a volunteer hub.

Hays says it also helps bring volunteers together to bond, to help put on what some call a milestone in Beaumont society.

They're preparing for the city's first gay pride event.

"My 13-year-old daughter taught me how important it is to do events like this that celebrate many different people," Hays said. 

"I personally never thought I would see an amazing event like this happen in Beaumont, Southeast Texas where I'm from," Chance Henson, a Beaumont Pride Committee member says.

Organizers say the walk will allow members of the gay community and supporters to come together and celebrate life.

"Why all the work, to show our pride in ourselves and our community," Hays says. 

"For us to be able to do this and have the support of the community, it's touching but also motivating," Henson says. 

A motivation needed during a time where every helping hand counts.

"People are showing up with cases of balloons and cases of balloons and fifty poster boards at a time," Hays said. 

"It was very moving to find that kind of support in this community that I grew up in and I think they just needed that opportunity to share that support and this is that opportunity," Henson said. 

An opportunity these Southeast Texans say will help everyone bring out their true colors.

The festival is scheduled for June 21st.

It will be starting at the corner of Broadway and MLK.

For more information on donating time, funds or buying t-shirts, you can visit the Pride Facebook page here.

 

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