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Rainbows embellished each nook. Drag queens danced up and down the stage. Just one wig got here off.
The scent of shish kebabs and sizzling canines stuffed the air as straights, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer individuals united to have a good time the third annual Naples Satisfaction Competition at Cambier Park on Saturday.
Naples Satisfaction, a nonprofit group that helps the LGBTQ neighborhood, kicked off pleasure month with Saturday’s Competition themed “We’re love.” About 20 sponsors and distributors collected funds to assist open a brand new pleasure neighborhood middle in Naples.
Beforehand: Hundreds end up for second annual Naples Satisfaction LGBTQ help occasion
Cori Craciun, founder and president of Naples Satisfaction, organized the primary pageant in 2017 to convey visibility to the LGBTQ neighborhood and supply help to the youthful neighborhood.
“I really feel that by bringing visibility to it, now we have a greater probability of defending what now we have,” she mentioned.
Proceeds for the primary two Naples Satisfaction Festivals went to an emergency fund for the neighborhood.
“I knew instantly that it could be greater than a pageant,” Craciun mentioned.
“I knew instantly that it could be greater than a pageant.”
Marco Kircher hit each observe of the nationwide anthem to open the occasion.
Kircher, an brazenly homosexual man, got here out to his dad and mom when he was 28 years previous.
As a son of a Cuban mom and American father, he mentioned popping out was not simple, and it took time for his dad and mom to just accept it.
“My brother can also be homosexual, so it was just a little more durable to return out,” he mentioned. “My dad and mom mentioned I used to be their solely hope for grandkids, however that is not honest to me. It is my life.”
Finally, Kircher’s dad and mom accepted him and now introduce his associate as their very own son.
“I at all times instructed myself that I might by no means inform my dad and mom until I fell in love with a person,” he mentioned as he smiled at Michael Milner, his associate of 11 years.
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Melanie Deporter, 77, a member of United Church of Naples handed out blessings in small enterprise playing cards.
“These phrases can change someones life,” she mentioned.
“As a senior citizen, there have been instances earlier than that I couldn’t speak about. However the Unity Church accepts everybody.”
The playing cards with rainbow angel wings had quotes like “Created completely by God,” and “Born this fashion, authorised by God.”
Neighborhood members carry the Rainbow flag for a flag elevating ceremony through the begin of the Naples Satisfaction Competition, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Cambier Park in Naples. (Picture: Jon Austria/Naples Day by day Information USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)
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