Making a Splash at Dallas Pride
According to Rev. Daniel Kanter, senior minister at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Dallas has one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the United States and “one seriously big parade.” Rev. Kanter believes that the Standing on the Side of Love contingent, numbering 250 individuals from half a dozen local Unitarian Universalist churches, was the largest group that braved the rain to march in the 2012 Dallas Pride Parade. The announcer said at the goldenrod-clad group approached the podium, “Wow, there are a lot of people.”
Participation in the pride festivities was also multigenerational. More than fifty UU youth marched in the parade and a number of young adults staffed the UU booth in Lee Park afterward. Members of the UU group appeared in slideshows on the websites of the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, and the Dallas Voice.
When asked why they were there, First UU Associate Minister Rev. Aaron White said, “We’re here today so we can be seen standing on the side of love and be visible evidence that there is a group of people who are willing to stand up for the rights of all people.”
To see first hand the impact that this amazing group of “Love People” made at Dallas Pride, check out this great video from First UU Dallas: