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Thousands attend equality festival

Posted May 14, 2011
Updated May 17, 2011

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— It was a celebration of the gay community in downtown Raleigh this weekend.

Organizers said the OutRaleigh festival drew thousands to Fayetteville Street and the Raleigh Convention Center for musical performances, speakers, vendors and games. Organizers described it as a family festival.

The event was the first festival put on by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center of Raleigh.

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  • rmjenkins1 May 20, 2011

    I am sorry my family and I missed this awesome event! I thought it was this weekend for some reason.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC May 20, 2011

    "Homophobia is found in only 1."

    Why is disagreeing with a lifestyle choice being labeled as a phobia. Can't I disagree with your lifestyle and not be afraid of it?

  • ncva May 19, 2011

    dwntwnboy - you are DA BOMB! That was one of the best responses I've seen to gay hatred in a long time. Bravo to you!!

  • ddm76 May 19, 2011

    Homosexuality is found in 409+ species of animal. Homophobia is found in only 1. Gay is normal, hate is not. Period!

  • ddm76 May 19, 2011

    "Seems like I remember this being reported for several days as 'hundreds' attending the equality festival. Wonder who convinced the station to revise that to 'thousands'?"

    They simply changed their story to reflect FACTS.

  • dwntwnboy May 19, 2011

    "it is the lifestyle that is wrong,wrong,WRONG!!"- no, it's only wrong to you and people who think like you do. We aren't going anywhere. Gays are here to stay. We are police, we are firefighters, EMS, doctors, nurses, teachers, judges and every other walk of life. You don't have to like the way we live any more than we have to like the way YOU live. I think the way YOU live is wrong, wrong WRONG!!!...but that just goes to show, your opinion of MY life is no more important than my opinion of YOUR life. Live and let live. No one is getting anything "special" or "more" because they are gay- in fact, we get LESS because of government and religious bigotry. What is being "forced" upon you? You aren't being "forced" to be gay are you? Your church "forced" to accept gays?...didn't think so. The only thing being "forced" is equality, and we will win because it's the RIGHT thing to do.

  • goncampn2 May 19, 2011

    ."- oh yes, it's HORRIBLE that they DARE support equality and fact that we all have to live together and should respect and get along. How terrible it is to promote peace, love and understanding. Kudos to Pam Saulsby for her support, and for WRAL for covering the event!! Thanks!!
    Promote love and understanding??? How? It's an agenda that they are trying to use the government and laws to force upon people who know it is wrong. I can love the person because we are all God's children but it is the lifestyle that is wrong,wrong,WRONG!!

  • 426X3 May 18, 2011

    Why is this still news?

  • djhartm May 17, 2011

    Thousands?

    I was downtown that morning; a more accurate description would read more like 'a very small turnout.'

  • dwntwnboy May 17, 2011

    "What a sad,sad thing to be celebrating. Any local celebrities who made an appearance should be ashamed to even support such a travesty."- oh yes, it's HORRIBLE that they DARE support equality and fact that we all have to live together and should respect and get along. How terrible it is to promote peace, love and understanding. Kudos to Pam Saulsby for her support, and for WRAL for covering the event!! Thanks!!

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