Dozens participate in Independence’s second annual Pride Walk

As Pride Month comes to a close, dozens of people walked through the streets of Independence for the second-annual Pride Walk. The Independence Square Association and WestiNd Connection worked together to host the walk. Organizers handed out free light-up Pride flags and walked to the town square for an outdoor showing of the movie ‘The Birdcage’.Leona Noel worked to organize the event. She said she is glad there is a positive space for the community to come for love and visibility. “It’s just about coming together, showing support for the queer community, and we are so excited to do it — especially here in Independence,” Noel said. While people are celebrating Pride Month, they are also talking about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Some are nervous about what that could mean for the LGBTQ+ community. Noel said she is nervous the ruling could potentially open the door for SCOTUS to overturn more legal protections, including the right of same-sex marriage. Right now, she said she is trying to stay positive. “We have to support women right now. That’s where we’re at. Let’s not look too far into the future,” Noel said. “Let’s just tackle what we have in front of us right now and that is just coming together and being supportive of everyone and showing love and support for the marginalized communities.”The event was free for participants.

As Pride Month comes to a close, dozens of people walked through the streets of Independence for the second-annual Pride Walk.

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The Independence Square Association and WestiNd Connection worked together to host the walk. Organizers handed out free light-up Pride flags and walked to the town square for an outdoor showing of the movie ‘The Birdcage’.

Leona Noel worked to organize the event. She said she is glad there is a positive space for the community to come for love and visibility.

“It’s just about coming together, showing support for the queer community, and we are so excited to do it — especially here in Independence,” Noel said.

While people are celebrating Pride Month, they are also talking about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Some are nervous about what that could mean for the LGBTQ+ community.

Noel said she is nervous the ruling could potentially open the door for SCOTUS to overturn more legal protections, including the right of same-sex marriage.

Right now, she said she is trying to stay positive.

“We have to support women right now. That’s where we’re at. Let’s not look too far into the future,” Noel said. “Let’s just tackle what we have in front of us right now and that is just coming together and being supportive of everyone and showing love and support for the marginalized communities.”

The event was free for participants.

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