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Thousands Show LGBTQ Support At MI Pride

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Saturday thousands gathered on the State Capitol Lawn for the annual MI Pride Parade.

Supporters spent the day celebrating the strides the gay and lesbian community has made so far, and talked about where they hope to go from here.

Michigan Pride is an organization that provides education, outreach and support to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ).

"We're here to establish this celebration of where we have come from, basically, to where we're going," said Michigan Pride co-chair Daniel Young. "We still have a long way to go and we're still driving that momentum forward."

Saturday afternoon nearly 4,000 supporters flew flags, held signs and donned shirts as they filled the Capitol Lawn.

"It's a great opportunity," said State Rep. Sam Singh, (D) East Lansing. "The things that have happened over the summer with the Supreme Court, as well as the openness that we're seeing across by local Michiganders, who want to see changes in legislation. It's great to see this type of turnout at the State Capitol."

Saturday there was also a group commitment ceremony, that couples, like the Vanwormer's, took part in.

"It's an amazing feeling, it definitely is, to experience this, it really is," said Cassandra Vanwormer.

Organizers said this year's crowd doubled from last year. They thank the growing LGBTQ support and today's special guest speaker, Ross Mathews. 

"It feels great to see all the support here and across Lansing," Mathews said. "It's important. We see it, not only here, but nationwide. You see it worldwide."

For more information on Michigan Pride, visit the organization's website.

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