PRIDDAHO

June kicks off the beginning of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ people, as well as a stand against discrimination.

Last weekend, thousands in Boise came out for the city's 30th annual Pride celebration.

This Saturday, the two year-old Pocatello LGBTQ group Priddaho will take its first shot at putting on a pride event. The groups says they're expecting 2,000 to 3,000 people to come out, and that all are welcome at the family-oriented event.

It will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at O.K. Ward Park, and will include food and other vendors, bouncy houses, drag performances, dunk tanks and more.

The president of Priddaho, Travis Kerbs, says it's about creating a safe space, and celebrating how far LGBTQ people have come as a community.

"Pride has meant to me a foundation,” says Kerbs. “Stabilization in my life, goal sets, fundamentals of family."

Next year, Kerbs says Priddaho hopes to add a parade to their pride celebration.

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DakotaMorgan

Though I am happy to see the LGBTQ Community receive headlines in Pocatello during this very special month, I am extremely disappointed by this article. KPVI severely misses the mark in this piece when they summed LGBTQ Pride up as a “celebration of LGBT people.” The real purpose of LGBTQ Pride in the month of June is to commemorate the historic riots on the night of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City. On this summer night in 1969, the LGBTQ community finally stood their ground against police persecution and brutality and began to fight back. This single night sparked an entire movement for equality. This is the reason that LGBTQ Pride celebrations are held in the month of June, not to celebrate the mere fact that we are LGBTQ. This year marks the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This is a very important anniversary to the LGBTQ community and is being celebrated all around the world. However, there was not one mention of the Stonewall Riots or the real reason for LGBTQ Pride in the article whatsoever. In 2019, the LGBTQ citizens of Pocatello and Idaho deserve to have their history honored. I think KPVI can do much better to honor the countless lives that have been lost in the struggle for equality.

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