Photos from the Floyd PRIDE 2013 march
The Floyd PRIDE 2013 march started the afternoon of June 29 from the shade of an ample conifer by the Floyd post office. The planter of that majestic tree may never have imagined that the stretching arms of those beautiful branches would one day be the gathering place for the beginning of the first march for equality for LGBT people in Floyd County.
With each step along Main Street, the participants added their personal witness to the cause of human dignity swelling the cadence, joining the rhythm, adding their truth to the self-evident cause and bringing new life to the journey. To each person, ally, younger and older, thank you. You make us all richer for your gift. And the beat will go on from heart to heart to heart, continued by the drumming beneath the old maple at the Village Green to the county of Floyd to the commonwealth of Virginia to the United States of America and to the world.
The citizens of Floyd were joined by cohorts from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke and beyond to be present in body, mind and spirit, to vote with their feet and their hearts for a new day dawning across these United States in recognition of our founding principle of equal justice for all.
This first PRIDE march occurred on the first anniversary of the Riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, 44 years and one day before Floyd PRIDE 2013. This year, the rainbow flag was proudly carried by marchers in more than 100 cities across the globe. In recognition of Floyd’s contribution to this global movement, Mayor Will Griffin issued a statement of welcome expressing the hope that all the denizens of Floyd County would feel at home and experience a community of belonging within our borders without regard to political, religious or social divisions. A commemorative cake was cut by Floyd PFLAG President Wolf Cherrix, and the celebrants rocked to the beat of the accomplished Spoon Fight band at Dogtown Roadhouse.
In his comments to the gathering, Cherrix listed the momentous decisions recently handed down by the United States Supreme Court in extending federal benefits to all marriages and denying standing to the defendants of Proposition 8, which made California the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriages. Cherrix gave a historical overview of the struggle to realize equality for all LGBT people to which Floyd PRIDE 2013 is now a part. Mara Robbins and Dr. Susan Mead raised the cause for extending marriage quality to all Virginians. Rose Cherrix pleaded to make our families, community and schools a safe and welcoming place for LGBT youth and offered the services of Floyd PFLAG.
– Written by Jim Best and submitted by Rose Cherrix