TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT) — Pride Month celebrations continue in Perry County with the first ever Perry County Pride Fest. Hundreds of people gathered at the Pour Haus to take part in the event.
“Everyone in this world right now, whether it be a friend, a neighbor, son, daughter, cousin or in-law, has a gay member in their family or nearby at least in their immediate family,” said Pour Haus Co-Owner Julian Losada.
Julian Losada identifies as gay and said he was happy to host the event to help celebrate the LGBTQ community.
“I’ve only been in town a few months, but I can honestly say since the first day I got here, I felt like I’ve been here before. Everyone has treated me like they’ve known me for forever and welcomed me. I mean, people I never expected to welcome me, welcomed me,” said Losada.
There was food, t-shirts, bracelets and a drag show all to raise money for Pride Perry.
Cassey Young said she wanted to get more involved with the LGBTQ community after her son came out.
“I think he was scared to tell me and that I wasn’t going to be supportive. Of course I was supportive, that’s my son,” said Young. “But I’ve seen what he went through in school, he struggled to be accepted for who he was and I don’t want anybody to have to go through that. I want everybody to feel accepted no matter who they are.”
Also speaking at the event was Mayor Jim Adams.
“I don’t know of anything that has hatred as a foundation that is ever successful. You know the saying that you see so much on “Just Be Kind” that’s where we need to be as a society,” said Adams.
While attendees identified in many different ways, they’re all hoping for a brighter, more colorful future.
(This story was originally published on July 28, 2019)