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PRIDE Parade and Block Party endure the heat to celebrate pride

 

Despite the heat coming out in full swing, the community comes together today to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ people of the Coastal Bend.

The parade route started at Shoreline Blvd. and went all the way down to Water’s Edge Park, where there was a Block Party. The Block Party lasts until 9.

Judge Barbara Canales was this year’s Grand Marshal.

PRIDE Parade is happening right now! The parade route ends at the official Block Party at Water's Edge Park

Posted by KRIS 6 News on Saturday, June 8, 2019

 

The PRIDE festivities this month had a shadow cast upon them by recent comments from a Corpus Christi County Commissioner Carolyn Vaughn. She refused to sign a city declaration in regards to the PRIDE month activities, prompting a response from those who support the events.

“They have a right to (their) beliefs and they have to respect mine and my beliefs,” Vaughn told KRIS-TV after the meeting. “I can’t support the proclamation of what the judge did. It has nothing to do with them. It’s just my beliefs and I wasn’t going to support them.”

The proclamation did not require her signature for approval and the proclamation was issued regardless of her comments. However, Lulac Para Todos, a local civil rights organization responded.

“Being a County-elected official, her job is to represent the community as a whole and understand that it would be beneficial for all of her constituents if she kept her personal biases to herself. Her actions at today’s meeting were highly unnecessary and we call on her to apologize to the LGBTQ community for refusing to represent everybody in her district — regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

For a complete schedule of PRIDE month events, visit www.pridecorpuschristi.com.

 

Ryan Garza

Ryan Garza

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