June 27, 2011 — Over 200 patrons and a handful of vendors turned out in support of the first gay pride event in Collin County last Saturday just as New York became the sixth state to recognize same sex marriage the day prior.
The crowd was a bit apprehensive, not really knowing what to expect, but everyone was proud and excited to be part of history. One message that someone placed on the alley wall encapsulated the evening perfectly, “Shine With All Your Soul.”
“I lived in McKinney when the population was about 15,000, and I never thought I would ever see an event like this take place here,” remarked one patron who graduated from McKinney High School in the 1970s. “I am emotional.”
Living in McKinney, Plano and surrounding suburbs that make up North Texas, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is intertwined in the lives of their straight counterparts, which has proved to open up hearts and minds to diverse cultures.
“We are very proud to be at the pride event in Collin County. This is wonderful because there are gay folk all over the metroplex…we want everyone to know that being gay is not just about living in a bubble. We’re everywhere and we are normal people just like everyone else,” said a patron.
So will there be a pride next year? You can count on it.