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Hundreds march in Rochester Pride Parade

July 15, 2017 06:12 PM

A message of inclusion and diversity was on display as hundreds marched in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Rochester on Saturday.

It was a day of celebration for the LGBT community here.

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With floats, music, and colorful balloons, the LGBT community and its supporters marched along Park Avenue to celebrate Pride Weekend.

Catherine Langley: "It's like you can breathe, like it's a sense of relief. You're here among people who care about you and support you even if they don’t know who you are."

Some were sharing stories of how their families reacted when they came out.

Joey Facciponte came out when he was 13.  “They were happy. And like excited that I came out.”

Others say it’s a time to reflect on how long we have come as a society. Although recent events have sparked fears.

Recently, federal court lifted an injunction on a Mississippi law some say take their rights away. That law lets some deny services to the LGBT community on religious grounds.

Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant, signed the bill into law... He applauded the ruling, telling Reuters:

"As I have said all along, the legislation is not meant to discriminate against anyone, but simply prevents government interference with the constitutional right to exercise sincerely held religious beliefs." 

But for the LGBT community, today's event provided relief and reassurance.

Deanna Gigliotti: "I think it's a little nerve racking for people. Some people are afraid they might lose some of their rights but as a whole I think we got this. I think we're okay."

Erin O’Neill: "So it's really meaningful for me, to see everybody who is supportive of no matter who you are."

Pride Celebration in Rochester continues. ROC Pride Fest is going on right now at Cobbs Hill Park. The Fest ends tomorrow.

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