San Antonio celebrates 14th Annual Pride Festival

Beyond the festivities, there was an even bigger message some of the people at the pride festival wanted to send. They say that despite a Trump administration many in the LGBT community feel could be detrimental to their rights, they want to show that, no

SAN ANTONIO - June was LGBT Pride month, but it came and went with no acknowledgment from the White House. San Antonio's LGBT community wasn't going to let that get them down. On Saturday, San Antonio celebrated its biggest Pride Festival yet.

"I just wanted to come out and support what's going on here in San Antonio," resident Thera Williams said. "We're just here for support and to have a good time."

Beyond the festivities, there was an even bigger message that many at the pride festival wanted to send. They say that despite a Trump administration that many in the LGBT community feel could be detrimental to their rights, they want to show that no matter what, they will continue to celebrate.

"We've persevered through a number of different challenges where we've been ridiculed, we've been beaten, and we've lost our lives. But now we're able to celebrate our lives, get married with equality here in the United States and the state of Texas," said Phillip Barcena, president of San Antonio Pride.

This year, volunteers painted a rainbow crosswalk in what they call their "gayborhood." They say that a rainbow crosswalk is fitting for where they are as a community.

"We're at a crossroads right now in history when it comes to LGBT rights and our society having to come to terms that we are just like anybody else and we're entitled to equal rights," said Rosie Gonzalez, one of the organizers of the crosswalk painting.

Volunteers who painted the crosswalk hope it will bolster the efforts of District 1 Councilman Robert Trevino's efforts to add a permanent rainbow crosswalk to the area. In addition to the rainbow symbol, volunteers drew a blue stripe to honor SAPD officer Miguel Moreno, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the area on Thursday, and Officer Ben Marconi, who died in the line of duty last November.

The grassroots effort to paint the crosswalk was inspired by a similar crosswalk that was recently painted in Houston.

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