Twin Ports Mayors Kick Off Pride Weekend

Updated: August 29, 2019 10:53 PM

A bright weekend is ahead for the Twin Ports LGBTQIA+ community as Duluth-Superior Pride kicked off. 

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Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine began the weekend with the traditional reception at the Duluth Depot. 

"Our love and our heart for each other is as deep as that beautiful lake out there," Larson told the crowd. "And I want you to know that who you are in the fullness of your identity, in the fullness of your spirit, it is enough." 

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which was pivotal in the modern gay rights movement. 

Paine talked about the Superior City Council's recent decision to ban conversion therapy. 

"They showed that the world is not just changing around us, the world is being changed by us," he said. "And there is still another 50 years of work ahead of us."

Justin Hager has been away for a few years, but he said it's great to be back in the Twin Ports for Pride. He said the Stonewall anniversary makes it a particularly good weekend for people to come out and join them. 

"This year I think is particularly special," Hager said. "There's an emotion to that and a recognition that this year really represents a landmark moment in LGBT history and LGBT rights." 

He recommends the family-friendly Pride Festival in the Park on Saturday at Bayfront. Some of his favorite events include the Drag show Sunday at the Main Club and the "Foo Foo Choo Choo" train ride. 

"It combines two of my favorite things about Duluth, which is an amazing community ... with incredible scenery as we take the train up the North Shore," Hager said. 

For the first time, the Duluth YMCA will light up in rainbow for the three days. They held a "Light Up With Pride" ceremony Thursday night. 

A full list of events can be found here

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