Planned Parenthood was one of many organizations represented this year at the Twin Cities Pride Festival held at Loring Park in Downtown Minneapolis June 24-26, 2016. With an estimated attendance of over 400,000 throughout the weekend, Twin Cities Pride provided a welcoming and joyous atmosphere for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to congregate, celebrate, and honor one another.
This was my first time attending a Pride Festival, and I was excited to be able to attend in my home city and state. Though I’ve spent many days roaming Minneapolis, the streets of the city were transformed beyond recognition; I was quickly engulfed in the vibrant colors, celebratory cheers, and palpable camaraderie. In light of the recent shooting at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, FL, Twin Cities Pride was a beautiful reminder that despite tragedy and injustice, the fight to love freely will carry on.
Planned Parenthood remains a proud participant in the festival, and will continue to advocate for safe and accessible reproductive health care for all.
Special thanks to guest blogger Sonia Mohammadzadah.