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The Michigan LGBTQ community celebrated gay pride month starting Thursday with the City Pulse Awards program at Spiral, then Friday at the White Party in three venues in Old Town; then Saturday, first with the annual Michigan Pride march and rally at the Capitol, followed by the festival in Old Town.
A large crowd waited out a rainstorm in front of the Capitol steps to hear a diverse list of speakers, led by Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. The children of gay community members and other young people were invited up the steps as well. (Photos above and right by Skyler Ashley of City Pulse; Andy Schor and flag courtesy Steve Frayre.)
Celebrating diversity: The winners of the 3rd annual City Pulse LGBTQkknd Inclusion Awards gather on stage at Spiral Dance Bar gather on stage after being presented their prizes. (From left) City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz; Williamston Community Schools board President Greg Talberg and members Sarah Belanger and Christopher Lewis; Erica Spitzfaden; Lauren Ordair/Nick Page; Kaston Anderson-Carpenter; Emma Ellefson-Frank on behalf of her mother, Nicole Ellefson; Theresa Rosado; Maxine Thome; and Evan Lewis. Video of the awards ceremony is available at www.lansingcitypulse.com.