PRiDE in the Park celebrates diversity in La Crosse

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection hosted Pride at the Park as part of its annual week-long PRiDE celebration.

There were artists, merchants, food vendors and exercise sessions with a drag king. The La Crosse Public Library hosted an LGBTQ+ history walking tour during the event.

Andrew Ives, the vice president of The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection, said events like this, plus The Center’s youth groups, help young LGBTQ people feel less isolated.

“Growing up as a young gay person I didn’t know any people that were like me, so when I see younger people I just have a lot of hope for them and a lot of love for them: That they get to see that, and they get to see a community coming together,” said Ives.

You can find more pride events, such as Sunday’s family picnic in Copeland Park, at 7riverslgbtq.org/calendar.

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