Tulsa’s biggest pride festival starts downtown

This year’s Tulsa Pride Festival, which runs June 25-27, is the biggest of the event to date, organizers say.

The three-day event kicked off Friday with a race and a concert with Big Freedia.

Tulsa Pride told News On 6 how much the festival has grown, testifying to the fact that the community is more inclusive. Tulsa Pride said what looks like a party is a sign of progress for the LGBTQ + community.

Kao Morris is the director of Tulsa Pride and said this year’s festival has the most sponsors.

He added that Saturday’s parade will also have many first-time attendees, including Walmart, News On 6’s parent company, Griffin Communications and the Tulsa Police Department.

“This is a great message to send to the community so that we can better build these community relationships to build a more progressive and inclusive city,†Morris said.

Morris also works for Oklahomans for Equality, which operates the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa. Morris said the center serves about 70,000 people a year and that businesses are noticing the association’s work.

“Anything we can do to join them, we have to do it,†said Ashley Ryan, owner of Stash Apparel & Gifts in Tulsa.

Ryan told News On 6 that all proceeds from some custom t-shirts and bags designed by his company will go to Oklahomans for Equality.

“I think everyone deserves a sense of belonging to their community and feels welcomed and supported, and I think whatever we can do to promote this and use our platform for good, we want to do it. participate, â€said Ryan.

Stash is also where you can purchase specially designed “Pride” balloon garlands from Balloon Therapy Tulsa, and $ 25 from the sale of each garland goes to Oklahomans for Equality.

Morris said community support goes a long way.

“They believe in the work we have for our medical clinic to serve our LGBTQ people who don’t feel comfortable going to their primary care, for accessible mental health services that we provide here with little or no help. fresh, â€Morris said.

Tulsa Pride events end on Sunday with a picnic lunch at Guthrie Green.

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