BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — 2022 Baton Rouge Pride Festival was about having a family-friendly and safe event.
Outside of the Raising Canes River Center, stood over a dozen protestors against the LGBTQ+ community values.
Protesters yelled quotes from the bible. Co-Chairman of Baton Rouge Pride, Bobbi Wisekal simply says, “Come on in, protestors are outside, all the love is inside.”
Wisekal discusses how this year’s event really helps the LGBTQ+ community. Wisekal adds, “So you come in and not worry about somebody looking down on you, you can actually just be who you are, and that’s a great environment we want to hold.”
This year’s Baton Rouge Pride Festival is dedicated to providing resources, educating the youth, experiencing cultural events and building a community.
According to another Co-Chairman of BR Pride, Christopher Bradford expresses his passion for the community by working countless hours to pull off this event. “Everything, all the hard work, the blood sweat and tears, the time away from my husband, is well worth it,” Bradford said.
On June 28 1969, starting in Upstate New York, is when the rainbow flags started hanging from buildings. In 2015, The Supreme Court of the United States granted the rights to Gay Marriage legal. Now after the Roe v. Wade being overturned, the gay community is still fighting for their rights.
“Roe V. Wade set a precedent on many other rulings that have affected our community. It was used to say same sex marriage is OK and is law of the land and that’s a blow to not just women but everyone else,” said Bradford.
All three abortion clinics in Baton Rouge are shut down, as well as many resources. However, places like Ochsner Health Baton Rouge, supports PRIDE. They have LGBTQ+ Healthcare plans currently available. After the overturn of the case, they plan to make an announcement on how to move forward.
According to Rose Rubba, who is on the Ochsner Health Pride Board, she says, “We rely on our upper leadership to make those announcements to the community on how we’re going to continue to support.”
Many members of the LGBTQ+ community suggest registering to vote against the Roe V. Wade verdict that was announced on Friday.