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Bridge Alliance and area establishments host Pride Festivities

BANGOR A week of fun activities and celebration are planned as members of the LBGTA (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered and allies) show their pride during a week-long Pride festival, culminating with the Pride parade on June 30 at 11 a.m., sponsored by Queen City Pride.

From 12 noon until 6 p.m. there will be music, vendors, and fun for the whole family at Pickering Square. At 2 p.m. there will be a mass wedding for all who wish to participate.

'We want all of our straight friends to come out and support it,' said Greg Music, vice president of the Bridge Alliance.

The event is to help the LGBT community and their straight allies feel more comfortable in the community.

'We could have gone inside and had these things sheltered from the mainstream because you had to and felt you needed to,' said Jeanne Paradis, president of the Bridge Alliance. But she explained that as the years have gone by, it has been easier to hold these events out in the open.

'We're less hidden about who we are,' she said.

'People recognize us as neighbors and coworkers and just a person who they see at Giacomo's and Starbucks,' said Music. 'Harvey Milk (The first openly gay man to be elected to public office before his assassination in 1978) always said, They won't hate you if they know you.' We're a really important part of the community and as individuals contribute a lot to the community.'

For more information about the Pride events happening in Bangor, find Bangor Pride and the Bridge Alliance on Facebook.

Last modified on Thursday, 21 June 2012 11:00

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