Pride Youngstown still happening with possible increased security

Pride Youngstown Festival

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Reactions to the tragedy in Orlando continue to pour in from across the country.

With several cities celebrating Pride Month, it hits especially hard for the LGBT community.

The Youngstown Pride Festival is set for next month. Youngstown Councilwoman Anita Davis runs the LGBT group Pride Youngstown. She says shootings happen every day, and the LGBT community is constantly taking hits. Preparing for a shooting is not something she wants to affect the festival, but, now, it is a real concern.

“We will be talking and discussing with the mayor about some additional security for the festival, but our plans for the festival and our other upcoming activities remain unchanged. We will not submit to any kind of intimidation,” Davis said.

Davis also said this is just one more way of having to change with the times. Staying safe is still a priority.

“We will be cautious as always. We have security every year. We have security at our festival because we’re not always welcomed,” Davis said.

Davis said they plan on meeting with the mayor on Monday to discuss more security for the Pride Festival next month.

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