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Beaumont's first Pride event draws hundreds
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Beaumont Saturday morning, cheering for the LGBTQ community in the area's first Pride walk and street festival.
"We want to know equality is here, loud and proud in Beaumont," Ashli Gonzales said.
The event takes place in cities across the country, traditionally in June. This is Beaumont's first one.
"This is a really historical moment," Papaya Sanchez said.
"To see something like this in Beaumont, like that's a really big step forward for our society as a whole," Dane Hall said.
The people at the walk and festival included members of the LGBTQ community, family, friends and supporters.
"It's time for us to acknowledge the strength of this gay community," event organizer Chance Henson said. "Pride, actual Pride and your identity and who you are saves lives and we're proud."
The message of support for gay rights and equality was echoed on signs, banners and t-shirts.
"We're here and we're queer so just get used to it," Brandon Perry said.
"People should love who they want to love," Lyssa Chaeez said.
Organizers said they plan to make Pride an annual event in Beaumont.