Hundreds were in Lee Park
on Saturday for the annual Charlottesville Pride Festival. The event is only in its
second year. But it attracted
increasing numbers of participants and vendors who support the gay and lesbian
However, recent Supreme Court
rulings on same-sex marriage made this year's event different.
this is all about, is to learn to accept one another for who we are and it's all
about love," said festival attendee Delta Fairchild.
"Love Wins" was
the theme of the festival.
For participants like Fairchild,
that "love" is her same-sex partner who - one day - she would like to
make her wife.
"Our country is starting
to learn. We are people too and we should have the same rights as anyone else,"
Members of the lesbian and
gay community say they have a lot to celebrate after this year's Supreme Court
rulings in support of same-sex marriage.
"Everybody's happy and I
don't think you'll see anyone at the Pride Festival is not smiling," said
festival organizer Lisa Green.
But for these participants
fighting for equality, that joy would be greater if Virginia recognized
"We don't have laws in
Virginia that protect us from being fired we don't have health care benefits in
Virginia," Green said.
"love" will help them conquer the hurdles they face, and help the
festival continue to grow.
The number of vendors
almost doubled from last year's festival. There was so much growth organizers said
they may have to move the site next year.
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