Rainbows were everywhere in Ferndale today, as a Pride parade made its way through the Victorian Village. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies wore bright colors, carried signs and chanted "Love is love," stopping in front of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church. The church caused a stir posting "Hurt by LGBTQ Culture? Healing Here" on its sign. The analog message made the rounds on social media and the resulting march drew a peaceful crowd that sang, danced and waved its flags down the street. See Mark McKenna's photos in the slideshow below.
- Photo by Mark McKenna
- The march went down Main Street and back, and stopped at the church with the anti-LGBTQ sign.
Today's march follows a smaller gathering in Arcata yesterday
at the corner of H and 18th streets, where LGBTQ+ Pride flags were found burned at a small garden there. A rainbow flag was also vandalized last year
at the United Congregational Christian Church in Eureka.