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Photos: LGBTQ+ Community Celebrates Progress At Gainesville Pride Parade and Festival
By Oriana Bravo
(Left to right) Steven Libby, Leanne Sheth and Peter Lewis hang out at the Pride Festival and browse the booths. The group of friends said it wanted to come to the festival to support the LGBTQ+ youth in the community. Oriana Bravo/WUFT News
A popular booth at the Gainesville Pride Festival sells colorful dreamcatchers and rainbow flags. Other booths asked festival goers to sign petitions and volunteer for local organizations. Oriana Bravo/WUFT News
The annual Gainesville Pride Parade and Festival lined Seventh Street to the Alachua County Administration Building on Saturday, October 24. Organizations such as the LGBQ+ Youth of Gainesville attended the festival, along with presidential campaign volunteers and others with petitions in hand, asking festival goers to sign them.
Sisters Lexi McMinn and Sydney Ward attended the festival, but it was more than just another Saturday for Ward.
“My sister is coming out today!” McMinn said, smiling, holding a large sign that said, “I love my gay sister!”
A random passerby heard and gave them both large hugs, congratulating Ward on her special day.
Couple Brandon Wight and Bruce Blackwell were also congratulated by those attending the festival for their 47 years together but more recent 11 years of marriage.
Outfits of all different colors, painted bodies, faces, tutus and wigs could be found worn and sold throughout the festival.