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Inaugural MS Gulf Coast Pride draws hundreds to Biloxi

Once the skies cleared, hundreds turned out for the first ever Pride event in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX) Once the skies cleared, hundreds turned out for the first ever Pride event in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The colors of the rainbow could be seen in many different forms at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi on Saturday. 

Lyn Koval - owner of Just Us Bar in Biloxi - has been putting together pieces for the inaugural Pride festival for years. 

"We were ready, the city was ready for it. We have an incredible friend in the city, and in the heterosexual community. You know it's one Coast baby, one Coast," said Koval. 

The event comes on the heels of House Bill 1523 going into effect, a reminder of the challenges the LGBT community continues to face. 

"My biggest fear is that my wife and I won't be able to adopt children," said Noelle Nolan-Rider. "Also, I'm afraid we won't have doctors that are willing to see us. They could refuse to see us based on their religious beliefs. So, we may not have medical care here."

Although there were protestors, festival goers didn't let anything ruin their moment.

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"I understand these people don't like it, but at the same time what they're doing is pushing people away. Jesus wouldn't have stood out here and yelled at people they're going to hell," said Savannah Glenn. "He would have been in there dancing with everybody else and showing everyone we may not agree, but we can still love each other. What they're doing is just hateful.

Hate is the exact opposite of what the festival represents.

We feel welcomed here on the Coast, whereas in some parts of the state, we may not," said Eric Dahm. "In my opinion, it's all about love, and who you love, and we all love each other.

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