Kentucky’s Capital City hosted its first-ever LGBTQ Pride festival this past weekend. Organizers and Frankfort city officials say the event exceeded their expectations.
While music and drag shows played on a stage, a crowd estimated at at least 500 visited over 40 booths on the grounds of the historic Old State Capitol.
They featured vendors marketing their products or services, organizations such as the Kentucky Fairness Campaign and Frankfort’s Human Rights Commission and the Lexington-based AVOL (AIDS Volunteers.) There were four booths sponsored by church-affiliated groups.
Mayor Bill May, who gave a welcoming statement, pointed out that the capital city was the 5th city in Kentucky to enact a Fairness Ordinance.
“We are very happy to be one of the first to move our community forward and to show people that we love all people," said the mayor.
Chris Hartman, of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, was thrilled with the turnout.
“We’ve had more than 500 people come out here today already for Capital Pride and at the Fairness Campaign we just couldn’t be more proud of people all across the Commonwealth showing their support.”
Organizers of the festival and Frankfort officials are hoping to make Capital Pride an annual event.