About 2,000 people marched in Upstate Pride’s parade and took part in their festival yesterday. Spartanburg Herald Journal‘s Jenny Arnold has more…
Exuberance, a statue of a woman at the entrance of Barnet Park, stands with her head thrown back in joy. On Saturday, she held two bunches of rainbow-colored balloons as Upstate Pride SC, a local nonprofit promoting equality and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, held its third annual festival there.
Brandi Dice held a rainbow banner as she prepared to join two other marchers holding state and American flags for the walk downtown. Police estimated about 2,000 people attended the event.
â€śI think everyone should have equal rights,â€ť said Dice, whose partner, Kristi Ward, is president of PFLAG Spartanburg. â€śWeâ€™re all in this world as one, and we might as well get along.â€ť
Protesters, from Westside Baptist Church of Cowpens, Open Door Baptist Church in Easley, and True Light Pentecost Church of Spartanburg, held up signs with slogans like â€śNo special rights for sodomites,â€ť â€śSalvation and sodomy donâ€™t mixâ€ť and â€śI am not a homophobic, I am a theophobic.â€ť