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Pride event draws 2,000 in Grand Rapids - and complaints to City Council

DULUTH - Grand Rapids held its first Itasca Pride event last weekend without much interference from a dozen or so protesters holding a counter "straight pride" event, but detractors followed up at a City Council meeting to complain that "children were groomed" and ask that the event not be held again.

Itasca Pride, an 8-hour celebration of the LGBTQ community held last Saturday in the center of the northern Minnesota city, included music, vendors and a drag show and drew about 2,000 attendees, primarily from the immediate area according to organizers. Its opponents stuck mostly to the fringe, where they called out Bible verses and took photos.

"It seems like a broken record of bullying and hate and a misrepresentation of Christianity," said Janet Miller, a Pride organizer who worked a main tent at the event.

https://www.startribune.com/first-itasca-pride-draws-2000-to-grand-rapids-celebration/600376473/?refresh=true

 

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