Greater Ozarks Pridefest

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Greater Ozarks PrideFest is tomorrow (6/17) on Park Central Square.  An equality march starts at 10:30 a.m.

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Events celebrating Pride Month are taking place this week in Springfield, culminating with Saturday’s Pridefest, to honor the LGBTQ+ community.

Philip Pullian, GLO board member and part of the Greater Ozarks Pridefest planning committee, states that events like these continue to move citizens towards greater acceptance.

“We hope to continue progress and a strong momentum forward and the only way that we can really keep promoting that progress is to make sure our voices are heard and our faces are seen.”

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Hundreds gathered on Park Central Square on Saturday for the annual Greater Ozarks Pridefest. 

The event aims to increase public awareness of the LGBT community and to celebrate diversity with visibility. 

The crowd cheered as the host chanted “we stand tall, stand straight, stand together with Orlando!” This year’s event in Springfield came about a week after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 49 people were killed.

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Greater Ozarks Pridefest will be held Saturday (6/18) on Park Central Square.  Its purpose is to increase public awareness of the LGBT community and to celebrate diversity through visibility.

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A fundraiser tonight (6/13) at an arcade in downtown Springfield will raise funds for Equality Florida. 

The organization calls itself “the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”

The Greater Ozarks Pridefest committee says it will donate a portion of funds raised during tonight’s event to help victims of the mass shooting over the weekend at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.  The committee says “our hearts are with our LGBTQ+ community as they try to recover.”