Conservative Iowa city to host first gay pride festival
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A conservative city in northwest Iowa is hosting its first pride festival to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Sioux City Journal reports that Orange City will host the three-day OC Pride 2017 event starting Friday. The city has a population of about 6,200.
The festival will have dancing, live music, a movie screening, information booths, storytelling and brunch.
Pride organizers say the response to the event has been largely positive. They expect about 200 people to attend the event.
Sioux County Conservatives, a political group, has criticized the event for celebrating what they believe the Bible classifies as a sin.
But event organizers say the festival is about family and community. They say they hope the event brings hope to queer kids who are struggling to be accepted in the conservative area.
Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com