Greenville Ohio hosts its first pride parade in August 2021

Darke County Hosts Its First Pride Event

Beyond the Rainbow (BTR) hosted its first Pride event in Darke County on Saturday, August 7th. 

Organizers said the event was designed to celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion in Darke County, and raise awareness about the importance of the Ohio Fairness Act and the federal Equality Act. 

“Our first Pride Visibility March in Darke County was a great success,” said Scott Snyder, Beyond the Rainbow’s Organizer. “30-40 people joined us throughout the event, which is a great turnout for our first time.”

Participants gathered for a sign-making and pizza party before the march. The festivities concluded with an Open Mic activity where march-goers shared their stories and experiences. Matthew Guyette, who serves on the Darke County Board of Elections and is Darke County’s first openly gay public official, was among those who participated in the Open Mic portion of the event. 

“Overall, it was a great experience for many of us,” said Snyder. “There was a lot of community support, and several people honked and waved during the Visibility March.”

Snyder said the Ohio Fairness Act and the federal Equality Act were an important part of the march because both pieces of legislation are currently under consideration and would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. 

“It’s important for our elected officials to know LGBTQ people and our families are part of the community,” said Snyder. “Most people agree LGBTQ people should have the same protections as all other Americans to go to work and school and to take care of our loved ones.”

Beyond the Rainbow is hoping to have a larger Pride event in Darke County next year. In the meantime, BtR hosts a Meet-Up group at 5:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 311 S. Broadway in Greenville. 

More information can be found on their website at: www.beyondtherainbow.dcmcuniversalarts.com.

Clinton Randall / Digital Development Director

Clinton is a lifelong resident of Darke County with over a decade of covering local news and sports. He has won several journalism awards from the Associated Press, along with regional and national digital awards as the Webmaster for local news outlets.

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