After several years of halting the Dallas Pride Parade due to the pandemic, the LGBTQ+ are finally celebrating their month and their small and big victories according to an NBC 5 News article from June 1. They say,
“The LGBTQ+ community and its allies will be celebrating Pride Month with a parade and a renewed call for equality this weekend.
The Resource Center in Dallas, which provides programs and assistance for the LGBTQ+ community, says much progress has been made, but the fight for visibility, inclusion and equality continues.”
Leslie McMurray says the agency has received an increased number of calls from companies, including large corporations, seeking input on more inclusive workplace policies.
“It just makes my day when I see these companies reaching out and say: Hey, we want to know. We want to help. We want to be inclusive,” said McMurray.”
Thousands from Texas and other parts of the country came in flocking in support and in celebration of the Dallas Pride Parade and they were incredibly delighted according to a WFAA article from June 5. They say,
The parade, with the theme “live out proud,” drew participants from across the country. Rae Yanis and Cheyenne White made the trip from Austin for their first Dallas Pride Parade.
“Not that long ago when I was growing up, you couldn’t be, you couldn’t be out,” Yanis said. “You couldn’t have a girlfriend. Small town Texas. So it’s very freeing and just happy.”
Makayla Gleason and Joshua Walters, both formerly from Baltimore, Maryland, admitted that their last pride parade experience was in Washington, D.C. in 2019 — one that left them with fears about attending another.
“It was like a false active shooter report and everyone had to run,” Gleason said of Capitol Pride 2019. “It took a lot for us to keep the anxiety down and just to be here. So we’re like not afraid to be here.”
“You see people like you everywhere. Everywhere you walk you see people like you,” said Shay Griffin of Dallas. “It’s like… you can be yourself. You can be who you want to be. Nothing but all smiles.”
Due to the overwhelming support and number of attendees in the Dallas Pride Parade, there is no official headcount that has been released but certainly, thousands and thousands came for the Parade.