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Hastings LGBT+ community recognizes Pride Month with park celebration

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 10:13 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Pride hosted their annual Pride in the Park event on Saturday at Highland Park. The day was all about spreading love and support for members of the LGBT community.

Hundreds of people, including many allies to the community, spent the day at the park visiting booths, watching performances and participating in a walk around the city.

One local mom named Karen Williams attended the event to set up a mom hugs booth to show people who come from non-supportive families that there are people out there who care about them.

“There has been a couple of young people today who have said they didn’t have supportive parents and it meant the world to them to see there are supportive parents,” Williams told Local4 News. “We had a good cry together.’

Williams travels the state to give out mom hugs and to help educate at Pride events across Nebraska.

“Not every parent knows exactly how to handle their child coming out so not only are we here for the children, but we are here for the parents to be support and help educate, learn ourselves and support each other,” Williams said.

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