BANGOR – Bangor Pride Week came to an end this weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, the parade and festival took over Pickering Square and West Market Square in downtown Bangor.
Kenney Miller, executive director of the Health Equity Alliance said this pride month is exceptionally important because it marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.
“Pride is also an active act of resistance as well. Just by being alive and living out loud, they’re resisting hate and all that stigma and discrimination,” Miller said.
“I think for a lot of people, this is an opportunity where they have a chance to be their genuine, true selves. For a lot of folks, they don’t have the privilege to do that all year so this is an opportunity for folks to be themselves,” Equality Maine Communications Director Shane Diamond said.
Preparations for next year’s Pride events already are underway.
To provide support, text “Bangor Pride” to 44-321