LGBTQ community, supporters put pride on display in Paxton

LGBTQ community, supporters put pride on display in Paxton

Will Brumleve | Jun 30, 2019

PAXTON — There was a time when some people in the small town of Paxton shunned, harassed or teased people like Tyger McClure.

Sunday, however, showed McClure how much things have changed in the Ford County seat.

With the exception of two Champaign County residents who stood at street corners holding signs displaying phrases such as “Repent of your wickedness” or “Jesus or sin? Whom will you serve?”, the community appeared overwhelmingly supportive of Sunday’s inaugural Paxton LGBTQ Pride March.

At least 169 people from no fewer than 20 communities participated in the event, gathering at Pells Park for an hour of music and mingling before marching down Orleans Street to the downtown area while displaying their LGBTQ pride or support.

Uniting Pride