Gay Pride Festival makes debut in Taylor amid support, criticism


Denise Rodgers said that, when the pandemic hit last year, she started sharing meals, water and toilet paper with her neighbors in Taylor. 

“The only way I was surviving it was because of my neighbors, and I started thinking about the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) who stay in the shadows and don’t connect with their neighbors,” she said. 

When she started a private Facebook group to help the LGBTQ community in Taylor, she said she was surprised by the response. 

Denise Rodgers, one of the organizers of Saturday's Taylor Pride Festival, poses under a Taylor Pride banner above the Texas Beer Company on Thursday. The festival includes dances, live music and drag queen shows.

“We had 300 people join in two weeks time,” said Rodgers,who is bisexual and has a lesbian daughter and a transgender daughter. “Many had lived in town for decades and had never met another gay couple or another gay person. We decided in that moment that we wanted to celebrate pride in June,” she said.

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