FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS —The Flower Mound Area Democrats (FMAD) staged the first Pride Celebration in Flower Mound at Parker Square from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The celebration included a yoga session, speeches, rock painting, makeup demos, a chalk walk, and live music by Sara Pray.
Turnout for the event was excellent — it is estimated that a minimum of 50 attended. Adults, children, and dogs enjoyed the event designed to support the LGTBQ+ community. Flower Mound Mayor Derek France appeared, added his name to the chalk walk, and invited others to come on Facebook.
Debbie Simon led a well-attended yoga session from 8:30-9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. FMAD Chair Dru Murray welcomed attendees saying the LGTBQ+ community includes those who are “our respected co-workers and leaders, beloved family members, cherished friends, and friendly neighbors. They are Americans who should not have to fight for their rights.” Angel Simone, a transgender woman, told her audience about all the changes she has undergone in her fight to “be who I am.” Then, transgender youth and the parents of transgender and gay children testified about their journeys. One transgender youth noted that he had been subjected to bullying at school but felt welcome support at the Pride Celebration.
Besides FMAD, Creekside Christian Church, Congregation Kol Ami, Denton Together, and Powered by People also had tables with representatives.
Much gratitude must be extended to Events Chair Sandra Weinstein and committee members Sara Pray and Brittni Kelly, FMAD secretary, who worked diligently with Sandra to plan and execute this event. Thanks must also be given to Vice-Chair Stephanie Turner, Vice-Chair Communications Debbie Simon, Vice-Chair Recruitment Antonella Longo, Sergeant-of Arms Beth Tuttass, and Treasurer Emily Allgier for their great efforts.
The Flower Mound Area Democrats disseminate Democratic ideals and values in and around Flower Mound through a grassroots organization, education, and activism.
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