Michigan Pride Festival pushes for equality

Posted: 9:18 PM, Jun 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-17 01:18:00Z

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Pride month continues across the globe and this weekend Lansing is taking part. Holding its own pride festival. FOX 47's Marcus Dash reports, there is a bigger message behind the celebration.

This is me. That's the theme of this year's Michigan Pride festival.
Festival organizer Leigha Faith says it means people need to accept each other for who they are.

"I am who I am meant to be, I am not afraid to be here, not afraid to be exactly who I am," said Leigha Faith.

The freedom to be who you are is apart of the reason that the numbers for the Pride festival continue to go up according to Faith.
Allowing people like Harriet Carr to feel safe and to be proud.

"A space where everyone can kind of get together and just really support each other," said Harriet Carr.

Support that's also coming from the local government, which gave the proclamation to declare June as Pride month in Ingham County. Faith says that's another step towards equality for all.

"That is amazing and exciting and it gives me hope, especially for the youth of our county, and our state," said Faith.

In recent months the youth's voice has become a major player in movements all over the nation. Carr says the openness of pride is empowering others her age.

"People that you would never think would show up who you know, who aren't able to be out in their everyday lives, it makes people a lot more comfortable," said Carr.

Faith tells me regardless of your political party, all people need to know about Pride is that it's about acceptance and love.