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Jun 25, 2016 11:19 PM

Dozens attend Portsmouth's Pride Festivities and remember those lost in Orlando


PORTSMOUTH - Dozens came out for the Pride Parade and festival after the terror attacks in Orlando. This day became even more important for people to show their pride, be themselves and feel the love.

Glittered sidewalks and rainbows could be seen all around downtown Portsmouth as people celebrated the second annual Portsmouth Pride Parade and Festival. The event brings together the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and-Transgender community, also known as LGBT. It's a place where people can dance and just feel free.

"It's the one day where we can just come out feel safe and feel like it's OK," said Jackie Saindon of Portsmouth. "We get to be ourselves and not worry about what everybody else thinks we can just love each other have a good time."

In the wake of the terror attacks in Orlando, Saturday's festivities were even more special.

"We should be standing up, especially for Orlando right now, I think everyone should be," said Haley Heinrich of Wolfeboro. "If we had more acceptance and loves these things wouldn't happen."

Some attending the event are new to the LGBT community.

"Just recently came out as gender-queer and bisexual," said Ariel Moore of Bow. "I feel it's important for me to be here. I don't want to let this huge national tragedy to shut me back in the closet."

Feeling the love and kindness people say no matter what, they support each other every day.

"We're not afraid. We're not going to hide and no matter what you do, we're going to fight right back for our rights. We're human too," said Saindon.


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