Rallying for ‘Pride in Pinedale’

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PINEDALE – A vibrantly decorated pavilion at American Legion Park was packed with local supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer (LGBTQ) community last Saturday morning as the first-ever “Pride, not Prejudice in Pinedale” was held.

The event was organized by the Women’s Advocacy Group (WAG) in Pinedale, which formed earlier this year following the women’s rights march back in January.

“We wanted to branch out to different actions and this is one of them,” WAG member Kendra Cross said.

The gathering had representation from Sublette County Public Health, Wyoming Equality and Jackson PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Those who came out for the day enjoyed a meal, took part in numerous games, tutu-making, raffles and more.

Cross was impressed with support shown at the event.

“This has been a great turnout; it has been really positive,” she said. “The purpose is to raise awareness and to carve out an opportunity for marginalized communities to feel acknowledged and supported.”

In addition, she said it is critically important for the LGBTQ community to feel safe and to let people know there are advocates and supporters within Sublette County.

“They do have supporters and advocates here,” she said.

After it ended, Cross said the first-ever event was a rousing success.

“There was a very positive community vibe that was created,” she said. “I’m very proud of the community members that spoke up and shared stories. I also appreciate the elected officials that showed up to show support.”

Guest speakers at the event included Mark Houser of Jackson PFLAG, Sara Burlingame of Wyoming Equality, Ana Cuprill of WAG, Joni Mack of WAG and Cross. Later at the event, local members of the LGBTQ community took to the stage to speak about Pinedale bringing such an event to show them support.