Supreme Court ruling brings more faces to pride picnic

Supreme Court ruling brings more faces to pride picnic

Amarillo, TX -

Rainbows and good cheers were out in full force today as hundreds of Amarillo residents packed this year's Pride Picnic.

While the mood was already high, many locals say the Supreme Courts ruling on same-sex marriage provided a bonus reason to celebrate.

"We're very happy to know that we don't have to be treated as second class citizens when it comes to marriage," said President of Panhandle Pride Inc, Will Dooley.

Dooley says this year's pride turnout was the biggest he's seen with 39 vendors, which is triple of what was seen last year. Other event coordinators say although an event like this can always receive negative attention, it's important to have it in our community.

"If you're not in the main stream, sexually, you feel like you're alone. So, it's really critical that we have this opportunity for our community to gather, celebrate and just get to know each other," said Secretary for Panhandle Pride Inc, Martha Baird.

Although many think Friday's ruling was a victory, others think there is still more work to be done.

"What we're facing now within the transgender community is discrimination because we don't have anything in the books to give us any kind of protection," said local transgender, Sandra Dunn.

While Dunn has some concerns in the back of her mind, she enjoyed today with at least one less worry.

"It's great. For me, it's been a great year," said Dunn.

The Pride Picnic event was sponsored by City of Amarillo Public Health Department, Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Furrbie's, and Metropolitan Community Church of Amarillo.

This weekend's event ended with a Miss Top of Texas at Large Pageant at 10:30 p.m. at the 212 Club.