LGBTQ+ community rallies in response to attack on two gay men in Pasco
PASCO, Wash.– The LGBTQ+ demonstration in Pasco went well Saturday with about 40 people in attendance.
The rally was in response to
an apparent hate crime before the holidays against two gay men.
People carried signs and waved flags at the intersection of Fourth and Court, the location of the assault. Cars and trucks regularly honked their horns in support of the demonstration.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances that caused the event, the overall conversation amongst attendees was one of love, hope, and most importantly pride.
Demonstrators stand on the corner of Fourth and Court where the assault occurred. The people in attendance proudly held LGBTQ+ signs during the rally and waved to drivers.
Michael, 3, waves a pride flag during the rally. People of all ages and sexual orientations were in attendance.
Meghan Ryan is the Youth Night PLAG Coordinator, a support group organization that creates safe havens for LGBTQ+ people and their allies.
Althea Smith throws up a peace sign for the camera.
The high winds and cooler temperatures didn't stop people from attending the rally.
Tommy and Luis kiss for the camera while at the protest. "I ended up here because I love the Tri-Cities and I never want this place to feel not safe to anyone younger than me," Luis said.
"I'm here in support of my friends and Nate, one of the organizers of this event, and I'm in support of gay rights," Aiden Davis said. As an ally Davis supports the LGBTQ+ community even though he is straight.
Nate Riel, the organizer of the event, talks with another attendee at the rally on Saturday.
Jessie Kolisinski hands out a variety of pride flags for people to wave at the rally. "We don't need any more hate towards the community," Kolsinski said, "so protesting it is one of the best ways."
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