FW Pride celebrates momentous year for LGBT community

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The 18th annual Fort Wayne Pride celebrates diversity and changes to the LGBT community Friday and Saturday at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.

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U.S. District Judge Richard Young overturned the state’s gay marriage ban last month. The Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a motion to stay the order, which would stop the legalization of gay marriage in Indiana. Zoeller then appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which put a stay on the ruling. Nikki Fultz, Fort Wayne Pride president, said it’s all about celebrating the little victories along the way.

“Every little victory helps us along the path to equality and that’s what we’re looking for,” she said. “We’re looking to get to equality, but along the way we like to have a good time.”

Kenny Edholm and his husband were the first couple to get married in Allen County when the ruling was overturned on June 25. He said though the state no longer recognizes their marriage, there’s still much to celebrate at this year’s Pride Fest.

“There’s something to be happy about that we’re not second class citizens,” Edholm said. “They need to show their support so people can realize that these archaic laws that make it illegal aren’t going to be around for long. So, there’s always something to celebrate.”

Fort Wayne Pride features a vendor market, beer tent and live entertainment from local as well as national singers and bands. On Saturday morning, more than a thousand people gathered at Headwaters Park for the 3rd Annual Pride March downtown.

Hours:

  • Friday from 7 p.m.-midnight $3
  • Saturday from noon- midnight $5

Children 12 and under are free both days. The festival culminates with one of the most popular events which is the drag show. Organizers are expecting 7,000-8,000 people to show up for it. Organizers also said attendance has been up for the festival this year.

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