LGBT community showing its pride Friday and Saturday in Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 11:42 PM

NORFOLK -- PrideFest is the largest annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival in Southeastern Virginia. Festival goers have even more reason to celebrate as Virginia appears to be moving closer to recognizing same-sex marriages.

Among the scheduled speakers are Norfolk’s Tim Bostic and Tony London, the two men challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

"People are feeling very validated about who they are. And that hasn't always been true here in Hampton Roads," said orgainzer Michael Berluchi.   "And so we're really inspired to see that people are stepping forward and stepping out in perhaps the first time in their lives."

PrideFest organizers say 2014 has been a pivotal year for LGBT rights across the country, but especially right here in Virginia with a US District Judge ruling Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional and unwavering support from VA Attorney General Mark Herring.

“We are so excited about this year’s PrideFest. As LGBT members of the community, we have a lot to be proud of in Hampton Roads and we want to share that pride with our allies, friends and neighbors,” says Laurel Quarberg, President of Hampton Roads Pride. “This is sure to be THE party of the summer and I hope everyone—gay AND straight—comes out to help us celebrate.”

The theme of this year’s 26th annual festival is “Learn. Love. Be.” The Saturday festival in Town Point Park is free and runs from noon to 7 p.m. It has entertainment, food and gifts for purchase and activities for children and adults.

More information on the PrideFest 2014 Facebook page. 

Friday, organizers will celebrate the Third Annual Pride Block Party at Decorum Furniture at 20th Street and Llewellyn Avenue from 7 p.m. to midnight.

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