On Sunday June 12th members and friends of the Green Party of Allegheny County took part in the Equality March in Downtown Pittsburgh to show their solidarity with the LGBT community. Besides local party member and officers, a few friends and greens from Armstrong county joined in the march.
Besides the Green Party, Equality March participants included various churches, Planned Parenthood, healthcare organizations, the ACLU of PA, various colleges, LGBT clubs and support groups and various other organizations.
Both before and after the march signatures were collected as part of statewide petitioning efforts to get the party's candidates on the state ballot.
Gabe, from Armstrong County, PA, said, "This was my first year marching in the Pride Parade. All of the hatred and bigotry in the world, especially as of late, I have been losing faith in the world. Being in the parade with all of the people supporting us really gave me a renewed sense of hope." He added, "Thank you to the Allegheny County Green Party for inviting me to walk with you!"
Green Party of Allegheny County Vice Chair Robert Piemme shared his thoughts as well, "I try to take part in the march every year. I do it as a small way to show my support for the GLBT community. It is really a unique experience to help carry the banner and walk down the street with hundreds of people on either side of you watching the parade, clapping and cheering for everyone. It is a fun time."
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