Photos: Thousands attend first Rockford Pride Fest

Thousands attended the first Rockford Pride Fest gay rights event Saturday, June 9, at Davis Park in downtown Rockford. The event featured the Miss Gay Rockford competition (pictured), an appearance by Miss Gay Illinois, civil union ceremonies and various other activities and events. (Photo by Denise Guzzardo)
A number of protesters (pictured) gathered outside the festival gates. (Photo by Denise Guzzardo)
Pictured above is drag queen Laura Walton. The event was organized by Pride Fest President Ron Almanza and aimed to inform gay, lesbian and transgender individuals about their civil rights. Organizers are planning to extend the festival to two days next year. Visit for more details. (Photo by Denise Guzzardo)

From the June 13-19, 2012, issue

One thought on “Photos: Thousands attend first Rockford Pride Fest

  • Jun 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Do gays really expect to gain support by showcasing those parts of “gayness” most offensive to people; “Miss Gay Illinois” for example. Good luck trying to mainstream Drag-Queens and their flamboyant mockery of all things heterosexual.

    Too bad they didn’t try to play up similarities, like gays who hold done regular jobs to support their families, or gays who take their parenting responsibilities seriously, or look after aging parents.

    Instead, they trot out the drag-queens!
    How pathetic!

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