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Inaugural Murray LGBTQ+ Pride Day Happening Saturday

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Hannah Bullard
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WKMS

Local organizers are hosting an LGBTQ Pride Day in Murray on Saturday. The march and other activities coincide with Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Organizers Kora Carlson and Nicole Schmittou say the event came together quickly thanks to community support. They say similar pride events are usually found in larger cities, such as Nashville. They hope the event brings together Murray and the local LGBTQ community.

Carlson and Schmittou say they were surprised by the city’s acceptance while organizing the event. “That’s why it like quickly escalated from 'lets have a pride march' to 'city wide pride day,'" said Carlson.

"And it is incredible from the time we came up with this idea, started reaching out to Murray Police, campus police, and city hall, and everyone was just like ready to go and supported us," said Schmittou.

Carlson says she wants youth to see LGBTQ being celebrated. “Seeing it as this positive, beautiful thing. That is what needs to be represeted to the queer youth, and I'm so excited just to provide this opportunity for them as well, just to see that," said Schmittou.

"To see there is a celebration and not a protest - I can’t imagine if I had seen that growing up,” said Carlson.

They say members of the LGBTQ community and allies are welcome to march and particpate in the activities. 

The march begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Murray State gate on 15th Street and ends in Chestnut Park with activities to follow in the park and an after party at Lucky's Grill and Pub at 7 p.m.

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Hannah is a Murray State Journalism major. She found her place in radio during her second year in Murray. She is from Herndon, KY, a small farming community on the Kentucky/Tennessee stateline.
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