Hundreds rally at state capitol building for Montgomery Pride United

Hundreds rally at state capitol building for Montgomery Pride United
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The state capitol building was filled with hundreds of people that marched from Club 322 on North Lawrence Street and up Dexter Avenue for the Montgomery Pride United march. The pride march is a part of the final day of weekend festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ Plus community.

Supporters rallied, chanted and waved colorful flags while also trying to address issues in the community. There were several guest speakers that took center stage to share personal stories and spread messages of love and acceptance.

"We are created in all of the different ways that we are created, some gay, some straight, some transgender, and I want to encourage us to celebrate and embrace the diversity and beauty of God's creation," said guest speaker Lynn Hopkins.

This is only the second year that the march has taken place in Montgomery, but events like this have been happening all over the country for years. For some in the LGBTQ Plus community, events like this are all that they have.

"A lot of people don't have anything else because they've been disowned by their families, and we're building a community here for people to come out and be supported and be loved, and I think that's really important," said Cheie Taylor.

Not all of the people at the pride rally were there to show their support. People like Reggie Taylor came not to protest but to proclaim an opposing message.

"Be convicted of your sin, and turn to righteousness only through Jesus Christ," said Reggie Taylor.

The final event for the Montgomery pride celebration was a street festival and block party at Club 322.

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