Morehead Pride festival held in Rowan County

Published: Oct. 7, 2017 at 2:52 PM EDT
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The second Morehead Pride Festival concluded Saturday in downtown Morehead. Organizers say it highlights how inclusive the city is.

The festival is put on by Morehead Pride and aims to show others what people living in Morehead already know.

"It's a place to let people know Morehead is a welcoming community regardless of who you are," said Toni Hobbs, one of the organizers of the event.

The event featured music, discussions, and an exhibit of a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

"Seeing some gay pride T-shirts being sold in our town made me feel really good," said David Ermold.

Morehead was in the national spotlight in 2015 when county clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, including Ermold and his now husband.

On Saturday the couple was on-stage as Morehead's mayor made a declaration connected to the festival.

"I hereby declare that October 2017 be 'Pride and Diversity Month' in Morehead, Kentucky," said Jim Tom Trent.

Organizers say they've seen acceptance, not only from vocal allies, but from those living across Rowan County.

"People may have no idea what those letters mean but they know 'Hey this is my family, these are my neighbors, these are people that live here and we still love them," Hobbs said.

One of Morehead Pride's biggest projects is their scholarship program for first year LGBTQ students who go to schools in Eastern Kentucky.