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Annual Owensboro Pride Picnic to Return Sunday

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The 7th Annual Owensboro Pride Picnic is returning to Daviess County on Sunday, June 25, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Organizer Emma Latta said she feels like the event has more support now than when she first started helping put on the picnic years ago.

"It's stronger now than it was back then. Because back then, it was still mainly everybody was still in the closet, and there wasn't very much support or movement for LGBT equality," Latta said.

She said, despite national progress, Kentucky still needs to do more at the state level to protect the LGBTQ+ community against discrimination.

For example, many cities in Kentucky have not passed anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ+ community known as Fairness Ordinances.

"I know both Owensboro and Bowling Green have tried to get a Fairness Ordinance and neither place has been successful in getting one. Which is something that does need to hapen because there is discrimination going on," Latta said.

She said the desire for equality is at the core of Pride and that she hopes to see progress past Sunday's event.

In addition to the picnic, it will feature a walking parade, raffle and a drag show.

It starts at 11:30 a.m. central Sunday at Unity Fellowship in Owensboro.

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