Pride Comes to Bismarck

Bismarck - For the 5th year, vendors, members and supporters of the LGBTQ plus community came out to show their Pride.

The rain couldn't dampen people's spirits with a crowd enjoying food, fun, and being together.

For some it was something brand new.

"My very first Pride and it didn't even happen in my home state, it happened in North Dakota," Michael Phillips, Pride participant says.

Giving them the courage to represent who they are.

"I've spent a  lot of the years away from this type of stuff because I was so afraid but now that I've accepted myself for who I am, I really do enjoy it," Phillips says.

For the host of Capital Pride that's what it's all about.

"Pride is really important for the LGBTQ community because it's a safe space really for folks to really come and be themselves," Matthew Leidholm, Dakota OutRight says.

People like Darcy Corbitt-Hall, an activist for the Transgender community.

A group Hall says has very specific needs.

"Until you can transition it's very hard for you to live an open and affirming life and to have the kind of life that you want," Darcy Corbitt-Hall, president of Darcy Jeda Corbitt Foundation says.

She's raising money all across the state for transpeople in need to legally change their names.

"I decided that it was important for North Dakota to have its own organization devoted to transpeople and to provide the things they need," Corbitt-Hall says.

And working with events like Capital Pride allows her to get the word out to help.

Because for this tight knit community, Pride is more than a celebration.

"It really takes away from being alone," Phillips says.

"So many people are accepting and I think more people should be too," Aarron, PRIDE participant says.

With the hope, they'll keep coming together.

Capital Pride will continue through Sunday with a interfaith service and potluck, tomorrow.


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