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Hundreds turn out for LGBTQ pride rally at state capitol

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A rainbow of colors flooded the steps of our state capitol as hundreds of people celebrated pride weekend and LGBTQ rights.

Those who went to the pride rally on Sunday, June 17 say they’re not just there for themselves but also for those who didn’t get the chance.

The rally was one of the many ways they can have their voices heard.

“There are kids who have been killed and there are kids who have been not accepted and they’ve been thrown out and they’ve been murdered,” said Sara Stockenauer, a student from Waverly High School.

Stockenauer was among the hundreds of people celebrating pride to stand up and be proud of who she is.

“It’s such a feeling that I can’t explain,” Stockenauer said.

Stockenauer’s friend, Maggie Coggin, moved to Lansing about a year ago.

She said before she came, she wasn’t very open about being pansexual, meaning she feels attracted to people regardless of their gender.

“I have been hiding in the closet for a while and I thought um, I didn’t really come out to my parents, but I thought it would be cool to come out with my friends who are open about it,” Coggin said.

Coggin hopes once her parents find out about her sexuality that they’ll accept her for who she is.

“I know they’re going to be supportive, they’re really cool about it,” Coggin said.

Randy Herrick, from Jackson, supports the LGBTQ community.

He said it’s important to stand up for others even if they don’t necessarily belong to the group.

“I’m a white male, I got privileges, there’s very little that I get discriminated against for, nobody should get discriminated against for who they were born,” Herrick said.

Nina Brown, who’s a student at Michigan State University, said being gay is sometimes hard to embrace.

But at pride, it’s easy, and she feels more at home.

“Knowing that I’m in an environment right now where I don’t have to pretend I’m someone who I’m not is very, it’s a very comforting feeling,” Brown said.

But Brown said even though the community has made progress, there’s still a long way to go.

“Even though there has been a lot of growth, we still have a lot of growth to make,” Brown said.

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