Celebrating Pride in Frederick

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A large crowd filled Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday, with many on hand dressed in rainbow colors as they celebrated Frederick Pride.

Frederick Pride, an annual event, celebrates acceptance and inclusivity for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This year was also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Frederick Pride is a day of celebration, but the LGBTQ+ community in Frederick continues to face issues. Kris Fair, chair at The Frederick Center, joined Frederick Uncut producer Heather Mongilio and city editor Allen Etzler to discuss how attitudes toward those in the LGBTQ+ community have changed since the first Frederick Pride, then called Picnic in the Park to protect those who attended.

Although there have been great strides, Fair said the Frederick community still has more work to do.

“I would argue that nobody in this country, no city in this country, no matter how diverse, is there yet as far as truly protecting LGBTQ people,” Fair said. “So it’s our job to go out and find better and more affirming ways of doing it.”

Later in the episode, features reporter Kate Masters speaks with Mongilio about a burlesque studio in Boonsboro and whether that would be possible in Frederick.

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