Pride Month festival blooms in Door County, Pride Center offers resources

When Sturgeon Bay District 2 Alderman David Hayes stepped off the Open Door Pride Festival Stage Saturday, a 12-year-old girl approached him and said “I’m gay, too, and I’m proud of you.” Hayes, the city’s first openly gay council member, had taken the stage to share a mayoral proclamation officially recognizing the week leading up to the festival as Open Door Pride week.

Several other LGBTQ+ rights and social justice organizations offered educational resources at the festival. Adoption Choice, UW-Green Bay Pride Center, domestic abuse prevention group Help of Door County, Sexual Assault Center of Family Services, United Methodist Church and Door County’s PFLAG were among those present. Local food and art vendors sold goods, from Door County wine to handmade necklaces.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Sammy Gibbons has the story.