Pride Day set for this Saturday in Biloxi

Pride Month is celebrated in June every year, honoring the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the LGBTQ movement in the United States.

Marking the end of Pride Month, the Gulf Coast Pride Association is hosting their annual Pride Day in Biloxi. It will be at the Point Cadet Plaza tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be live music, guest speakers, drag shows, and vendors from across the South with some coming in from New Orleans.

The organization was started in 2016 with their goal to produce a yearly Pride event that inspires, celebrates, educates, and commemorates the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s unique and diverse LGBT+ community.

The first year the association held Pride there were only about 600 attendees. The last time they were able to hold the event, they had well over 5,000 attendees with nearly 100 vendors. Gulf Coast Association of Pride President Chris Davidson said, “I think it is important for anybody to be able to go out and be themselves and go out and be themselves in a safe environment. We’re not parading. We’re gathering together and it is important for the youth to see that they can go somewhere and be okay.”

In addition to hold a yearly Pride event on the Coast, they provide resources for the LGBT+ community.

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