Mississippi Pride Festival met by protesters - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Mississippi Pride Festival met by protesters

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Downtown Jackson was lit up with rainbow colors for the Mississippi Pride Festival. This is one of many events held this weekend to celebrate the LGBT community.  

Love, life and pride was the focus of the celebration at Smith Park in Downtown Jackson. That's until some unwelcomed guests showed up to try and breakup the LGBT party.

Smiles and a show of solidarity could be seen here in downtown Jackson as hundreds of people trekked to the largest pride festival in the state.

“This is our annual celebration, our LGBT celebration and we have a lot of different vendors out here, artists, organizations, we have good music going on,” organizer Jenni Smith.

This was Katie Sorey's first time attending the pride fest, while living in Jackson, and she said it great to see so much love.

“It has been really interesting year being an LGBT person here in Mississippi," Sorey said. "In the last 365 days, we have won marriage equality with the Supreme Court ruling last year, but we have had some major setbacks with House Bill 1523.” 

The celebration was interrupted by some protesters from churches across the state who were not happy about the event.

“The LGBT community may think that we are hateful, but when they stand before a Holy God, Psalms 5:5 says God hates all workers of iniquity,” said Jackson Resident Keith Dalton.

“I know you may see protesters, but there are so many more people coming here and love and like to support one another,” said Jackson native Kit Williamson.

Williamson, from the hit show “Mad Men”, asked the crowd to ignore the protesters.

Williamson decided to be part of pride fest because he believes in the cause and wants to see equality practiced in the Mississippi for everyone.

“In two years, I would like Mississippi have the same laws as the rest of the country," Williamson said. "I would like to see HB 1523 overturned and see us have more visibility because that's how we know we're not alone in this world.” 

Pride Mississippi will close out with a brunch at Iron Horse Grill in Jackson tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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