Duluth Minnesota home to the University of Minnesota, Duluth is one of the more gay friendly cities in the northern Midwest states with a very large gay community that holds a massive gay parade called the Duluth Superior Gay Pride every year during Labor Day Weekend. The city is smaller, with a population of about 90, and often partners with the nearby Superior, WI to throw larger events. Paulwhich also have sizable supportive gay communities.
The summer is fading away into the school year and fall but there is still one more thing going on this Labor Day Weekend. Things have changed quite a bit since the festival got its start in as far as public perception and laws regarding equality go. We found it best to ask a few members of the Twin Ports community to tell us a little about their experiences and observations about being gay in this area and the Pride festival.
Since the reception began init was attended only by Duluth mayors: first Herb Bergson and now Don Ness. But that changed Thursday night when the mayors of Two Harbors, Cloquet and, perhaps most significantly, Superior arrived to show their support of the event. Former Superior Mayor David Ross turned down previous invitations even though some of the biggest events -- such as the Pride Parade and the drag show -- are held in Superior.
Each year pride events are held nationwide in cities large and small, and for some Americans, it is the only occasion where they can be out and proud in their community. Pride festivals and parades are a celebration of the progress the LGBTQ community has made, but also a time to recognize the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality. This year, we recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the uprising which followed — marking the beginning of the fight for true equality.
Duluth has a population of 85, and is the 4th largest city in Minnesota. It has the largest metropolitan area on the lakewith a population ofinthe second-largest in the state. Duluth forms a metropolitan area with neighboring Superior, Wisconsin ; together they are called the Twin Ports.
We hope to see all of your beautiful faces at the remainder of the Prides across Minnesota:. Planning is underway. We wholeheartedly welcome your involvement!
Just 17 years ago, the festival, then held on Wisconsin Point, ended on a sour note when a group smashed the car windows of attendees, apparently spurred by anti-gay bias. And before Herb Bergson did it inno Duluth mayor had issued a proclamation of support of the festival. From its humble beginnings as "half a dozen people in the park," the festival has grown into a four-day celebration with more than a dozen events in Duluth and Superior.
For a full schedule, see Best Bets. Mayor Emily Larson and neighboring mayors will welcome Pride-goers during the annual reception at the Duluth Depot. This has been a starting point for the weekend-long festival sincewhen then-Mayor Herb Bergson issued the first official mayoral proclamation. Food, drinks, and music by South of Superior.
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Those riots in New York City started when police raided a gay club. The uprising that followed has since become a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Duluth Superior Pride organizers have special events planned to remember those six days of protests. Organizers hope showing the film will help illustrate how far their movement has come, and how far they still need to go.