On Saturday September 24th at Meadowlake Park, from 12-6pm, the Enid Pride 2011 event was held.  Normally, the event is held without much fanfare or even coverage from our local newspaper.  That was then.  This is now.

DSC_0062Admittedly, I have not had the opportunity to attend Enid Pride in the past.  However, this year I promised myself and Route 60 contributor Kristi Balden that I would attend and cover the event.  I wanted to cover the event, because it’s important to people in Enid and had generally not been covered by local media.

DSC_0063The event this year consisted of live music by Riley Janzen and The Acorns.  There were vendors and informational booths set up for people to see.  I’m told the lemonade served was really “the bomb” as the kids would say.  I was also happy to see “Keepin’ Enid Green” out there showing off what they do.  These guys are providing a great service for Northwest Oklahoma.  And no.  I’m not just saying that because they have an ad on our website.  But seriously, click on the ad.  Now.  Click it.  You know you want to do it.

The “It Gets Better Project” was represented and people were able to record their own “It Gets Better” videos that will be added to YouTube.

DSC_0070But easily the most impactful moments for this writer came in listening to special guest Kirk Smalley.  He spoke quite frankly about the impact bullying has on our children in today’s society.  Believe it or not, the Enid News & Eagle actually covered this and did a great job of talking about his discussion.  Kudos to staff writer Phyllis Zorn for her article (you can find the article here.  Go ahead.  Read it and then come back here.  I’ll be waiting.)

I’m not afraid to say that his speech changed me a little bit.  If you ever get the chance to hear Kirk Smalley speak, you should not pass up the opportunity.  His message is that if we want to do so, we can change the world.  I strongly believed him.  As proof of that, I am permanently placing a banner link to his website on our page.





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