The Austin Pride parade has not taken place since 2019 and given the current political climate, local groups say the parade is an important moment to stand together.
AUSTIN, Texas – Balloons now fill the living room of Glen Langford, the President of the Austin Gay Men Choir.
“We are building our float for the 2022 Pride March that will be held in downtown Austin,” Langford said.
Usually they perform, but on Saturday about half of the group will march to the march Austin Pride ParadeBalloons and everything to celebrate, but also for a greater cause.
“We People need to know that we are human like them,” Langford said. “It feels weird to go back and say that again after all the progress that has been made, but it feels like we took those steps forward and now we’re being thrown back several steps. People want to take us even more steps back.”
Langford is referencing recent political events, such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas bringing up the idea of scrapping federal law on same-sex marriages, something that was an issue before Langford and his husband could legally marry.
“We have We’ve been together for 25 years,” Langford said. “We’ve only been married for four years. And it was a very big moment when we finally got married.”
He said central Texas was special. The Austin Gay Men’s Chorus recently sang at the first-ever Round Rock Pride Festival and he said the support from the Austin community is encouraging.
“I don’t know if I could come back to live back home where I grew up in Lubbock,” he said. “This place just isn’t inviting. Austin is the only place I can live in Texas.”
Other groups, like that friendly clinicShe will also take part in the Pride parade. Steven Tamayo works for the Kind Clinic as the Director of Community Health and he is also one of the Grand Marshals of the parade.
“It’s kind of ceremonial. I get to be on the float and lead the parade and that’s it. But I got a cool sash,” he laughed.
While he’s excited about the sash, he’s even more excited about people from all over the world coming here to Austin, where they can feel included and seen.
“Because maybe they’re from a small town where hanging a Pride flag on their porch could be dangerous,” Tamayo said. “So it’s really important to be your most authentic self and celebrate and be celebrated.”
While the Kind Clinic preparations or the hundreds of balloons filling Glen Langford’s living room may be impressive, Langford is most impressed by the more than 400,000 people expected to support each other on Saturday.
“To me, that’s just an amazing amount of people involved and passionate about contemporary LGBTQ issues,” Langford said.
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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/austin-pride-parade-holds-great-importance-2022/269-791d1606-a80a-411d-9b09-d5b2eb2239bf ‘We are people like them’: Groups attending the Austin Pride march say the event is important