The 21st Show

On the streets of Springfield’s Pridefest


Photo courtesy of Springfield Pride Fest Organization

On May 21, 2022, members of the LGBTQ+ community, their friends,  and family were in downtown Springfield for the start of Pride season in central Illinois. Springfield PrideFest featured a parade, a drag show, and a lot of the colorful revelry you’d expect from this kind of event.

This Pride Festival comes at a fraught time for people in the LGBTQ+ community around the country. Numerous states have passed or are considering laws targeting transgender youth. There are also laws and legislation restricting what teachers can say even about same-sex relationships in their classrooms.

21st host Brian Mackey visited PrideFest to hear more about what was on people’s minds as they celebrated.


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