DRUID CITY PRIDE WEEK SPREADING LOVE, INCLUSIVENESS

By WVUA 23 Reporter Grace Campbell

Sunday evening was the first night of the fourth annual Druid City Pride Week.

The week kicked Sunday off at Chuck’s Fish with a screening of “5B,” a documentary on the nation’s first AIDS unit. After the screening, Icon Tuscaloosa hosted a Pride kickoff party.

Pride Week features events around Tuscaloosa that advocate for and represent the LGBT community.

“I think Pride Week shows great visibility for the LGBT people of our community,” said Druid City Pride Board President Russell Howard. “We’re all here. We work, worship and play in Tuscaloosa.”

Attendees said LGBT-friendly events like pride are about inclusiveness.

“I think it’s really helpful to see that normalized, and see people take pride in who they are,” Pride Week attendee Tristen Larson said.

Event organizers said the week brings the community together and connects people to one another in a stronger way.

“I had some of my friends that supported me, they came out, some of my family came out and they were supportive,” said Pride Week Board Member Armantha Washington. “So I think this week right here will be great for Tuscaloosa.”

Pride means different things to different people, said Icon Tuscaloosa owner Kyle Richardson, but it’s always a happy occassion.

“People having a good time, that’s what were about here,” Richardson said.

The week culminates in the Druid City Pride Festival, happening Sunday from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Government Plaza.

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