Posted: Jun 15, 2013 4:42 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Jun 15, 2013 4:47 PM
Proudly hosting Montana Pride for the first time, Butte welcomed visitors from across the state to join in the celebration of the LGBT communities.
A Bozeman family traveled to Butte to watch the Montana Pride festivities unfold this weekend.
"We want to be here to support each other and want our family to be recognized so we feel like we're supporting those coming out and being brave and showing their families and we're a part of it," said Cindy Rodriguez of Bozeman.
Tina, Cindy and Gemma Rodriguez came into town last night and made a point to watch the parade for their daughter Gemma to see.
Before Gemma was born, Tina and Cindy were involved in the initial planning for the first gay pride event in Bozeman.
Then 4 years ago Gemma came into their lives, and now Tina and Cindy feel it's important that their family not only be seen as equal, but that they support those around them also.
"The opinions of Montanans I think, just like the rest of the country, are turning toward the good and I think we want the best thing to do is to come out, be a good neighbor, show folks that we're a family just like they are and it's been very encouraging," said Tina Rodriguez. "We've got a ways to go yet but it's good to be here."
The parade ended at Naranche stadium where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Montana Pride.
People of all backgrounds congregated at the stadium for the Montana Pride rally.
You could hear the music echoing from Naranche Stadium from blocks away.
Businesses and organizations set up booths at the west end of the football field for attendees to seek information and support.
There was also a flag team practicing on the grass and a women's drumline team, "Chicks with Sticks" from Bozeman entertaining spectators.
A Gay Woodstock Drag show is tonight at the Copper King Hotel and Convention Center.
There will also be a non-alcoholic family dance at Star Lanes.
For a complete schedule, click here.