Michigan City to have first Pride this weekend

The board members of the newly formed PFLAG Michigan City group. (Photo via Times of Northwest Indiana)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — This northern Indiana city an hour’s drive east of Chicago will have it’s first Pride celebration after the city gave approval this week.

From the Times of Northwest Indiana:

Pride Fest 2018 is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 30 on U.S. 12, across from the Michigan City courthouse. A “You Are Beautiful” statue rests on the city-owned parcel.

OUT in Michigan City, a discussion and support group for the LGBTQ community in northwest Indiana, is hosting the event.

PFLAG played a major role in getting the event organized.

Nancy Moldenhauer, a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission, said hosting such an event has been discussed by the LGBTQ community for several years.

She called going ahead with it monumental.

Moldenhauer said Michigan City has one of the highest percentages of gays and lesbians in the state and long has been friendly toward homosexuals.

She doesn’t believe anything has changed here despite mixed signals from the White House.

“It’s a little victory within a climate that may not be so accepting,” Moldenhauer said.

The organizers described it as a “community party.”