Lake Charles will host the area's first Gay pride festival - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles will host the area's first Gay pride festival

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Organizers say it is their coming out party. Tomorrow, the amphitheater in Lake Charles is set to be filled with people showing their gay pride.

"I think it is time for Lake Charles to have something to unite people across the community, with the same beliefs as us," said Adam Manuel. 
    
This Saturday, Lake Charles will be the host to the first ever gay pride festival in Southwest Louisiana. Organizers say it is a way for people, who believe the same, to come together for a common cause.

"I think it is important for us to be present in the community so that people know that there are prejudices against us. We still don't have the same rights as other people," said Amelia Smith. 

"A lot of people are excited that this is happening. I can't wait to shake their hands and just meet them," said Megan Norris. 

Megan Norris is the director of the event, set to take place over the weekend. She said, never before has there been an opportunity to show the Lake Area just how much support they have in Southwest Louisiana. 

"I know that we have a strong community here. I thought that if we could just have a day of appreciation and have a day of pride that it will be visible, that our community is larger than people imagine," said Megan Norris.  

With all of the festivals and parades Southwest Louisiana has experienced, one thing is for certain, this one will be different.

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