LGBT community, supporters gather for Saratoga Pride

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community gathered in Saratoga Springs Friday evening for a pride stroll.

With the sun setting slowly over the Spa City, the LGBT community and supporters came together to laugh, share and walk. It was the second annual Saratoga Pride Photo and Cocktails event.

The LGBT community, Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Congressman Paul Tonko gathered at Congress Park, and then took a stroll down Broadway. But it was about a lot more than getting a little exercise.

“Our activities are just to show that we’re a diverse community, and particularly, we want to welcome young people,” event organizer Cindy Swadba said. “We want to let young people know that it’s okay; that we’re here, and we’re very proud, and we want to work with young people as well.”

Saratoga is a city on the move and on the cusp of great things, which is why a walk there is important to the group.

“I think it’s critical that in a good, progressive community that’s growing in terms of overall population, employment; everything with GlobalFoundries, whatever, that people know in coming here that no matter what their background, no matter what their religion, creed, sexual orientation, whatever, they’re welcome in this community and that together we all make up what is truly a community; a progressive community,” event organizer Kevin O’Brien said.

Many of the stores on Broadway had displays in their windows to show their support for Saratoga Pride.

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