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Greensboro shows LGBT+ Pride

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The Greensboro Pride was hosted Oct. 21 on S. Elm Street. Pride is a celebratory event of the LGBT+ community in the form of street vendors, colorful flags and entertainment.

While this is what Pride physically is, many people had their own abstract ideas of what pride meant to them and its significance to the community.

“(Pride) is being able to express yourself however you want,” Planned Parenthood spokesperson Kiana said. “It brings awareness to the LGBT community.”

Even big businesses, such as the YMCA and Bank of America, were found coming out to pride as vendors.

“(Pride) is the inclusion of everyone in all aspects of life,” YMCA spokesperson Cassy Velarde said. “Regarding the YMCA, (it means inclusion through) social, recreational, physical activity and family engagement.

“Our mission statement is to put Christian principles into practice to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all – we want to stand by that ‘for all’. It is not just (for) any one of these typical American ideas of a family, but it is for everyone regardless of how you identify.

“Pride is also a chance for everyone to get together and see that this population is no longer a minority, but a group that we as corporate america need to not only acknowledge but purposely serve.”

A lot of people were noted to swarm around booths that they considered fun, like the bubble booth and free stickers booth, rather than the politically charged or business related booths, like the Planned Parenthood booth and YMCA booth. Among these fun booths were some women with “Nana Hugs” or “Mama Hugs” signs worn around their necks.

“The older generation of grandparents are not usually as accepting of the lgbt community, so by (wearing a sign saying) nana hugs it reaches a different audience,” Anne Reaves said. “Pride means a self awareness and a feel good spirit whatever you are – no matter what color, no matter what race, and no matter what gender or identity. (It helps us) get the message out (that) this is what human is like.”

Some faculty and students at Northwest High School were spotted at Pride.

“Pride (is) the self-consciousness (that it is) kind of sad (that) I have such a loving community, but my friends who are closeted do not,” Northwest student Sophia Carson said. “So it isn’t just about being out and proud, it’s about helping others who can’t be out (by giving them safe spaces).”

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