The first annual Golden Valley Pride, the state’s first suburban LGBTQ Pride celebration, was held on Sunday, June 12.
The Golden Valley event served an unexpected but vital purpose on Sunday. More than 2,000 attended the event held at Brookview Park, the same day that 49 LGBTQ people died and more than 50 injured at a mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. Remembering the victims of that hate crime became an important part of the Sunday activities.
Kimberly Sanberg, who helped plan the event, told the crowd that confronting hate and violence is “why we need to have events like this.”
Booths for many of Minnesota’s LGBTQ organizations, supportive businesses, and politicians lines the paths at the park, and perhaps most pointedly, a last minute addition was Protect Minnesota, a group working to prevent gun violence.
Here are a few images of Sunday’s event: