"Here in Meadville we are spreading love and acceptance," Northwest Pennsylvania Pride President Alex Sphon told a crowd of more than 100 Saturday afternoon in Diamond Park in Meadville.
Allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community gathered for the annual event that has grown from just over 50 people five years ago for a march in Conneaut Lake to an afternoon festival with street vendors along Chestnut Street.
"We need to get these (pieces of legislation) moving. There are people who want to erase us from culture," Sphon emphasized.
Meadville Mayor Jaime Kinder urged action to change employment rules and more telling the crowd that votes can also be used with dollars urging people to support businesses that support equality. She emphasized that as mayor, she has their backs and will keep fighting for equality in Meadville.