Oxford, Mississippi, home to the University of Mississippi, is holding its first ever Oxford Pride Parade including multiple events from May 5th to Sunday, May 8th. Earlier in April, Mississippi passed the Religious Freedom Bill that has caused controversy nation-wide. The LGBT community in particular has expressed distaste towards the bill saying it to be discriminatory. The last place many people imagined a Pride Weekend to be was in the heart of Mississippi itself.
Thursday, May 5th starts the weekend’s events with a Code Pink Club and dance night at local restaurant, Proud Larry’s, at 9PM. Many people in the community believe this to be Mississippi’s way of reassuring the country their progression. Local residents respond with their thoughts on the event below: