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Members of Shreveport’s LGBTQ+ community talk about importance of Pride Month

The LGBTQ+ community in Shreveport says Pride Month means everything to them.
The LGBTQ+ community in Shreveport says Pride Month means everything to them.(Steven Knight)
Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 1:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 8:21 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Members of the LGBTQ+ community say Pride Month is a big deal.

On Thursday, June 17, KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with a number of people about initiatives they would like to see happen in Shreveport, plus events going on throughout June.

Below are her raw interviews with J.D. Stevens-Jones, cofounder of the Shreveport-based grassroots creative arts organization Queerport, and Steven Lamar Knight, cofounder of Shreveport Q-Prom, in which they discuss what Pride Month means to them, the LGBTQ+ community, events being held this month and initiatives they would like to see in Shreveport:

Stevens-Jones says Pride Month is a month of reflection.

“It’s not about walking out and wearing rainbows,” they said. “Pride was a riot and it was started by queer trans Black people in New York City during 1969, and we’ve been loud ever since and we haven’t stopped.”

Stevens-Jones says they want to see more city leaders and businesses bring more opportunities to the community.

“I see a lot of rainbow capitalism. I see a lot of businesses that are just throwing rainbow flags on things, but they don’t have the initiative,” they said.

Knight says he uses this month to brainstorm different ways to help people live in their truth.

“There are people who are hurt every day just for being who they are,” Knight said.

EVENTS HAPPENING IN JUNE

Queerport is raising money for its annual flagship event in October in downtown Shreveport. The free event showcases artists, creators, musicians, poets, vendors and more. It’s open to people of all ages. Click here to donate.

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