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Central Texas Pride to celebrate 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots

Central Texas Pride to celebrate 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots
Posted at 6:34 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 19:35:17-04

HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, a riot that raged on for nearly a week.

A team of two is doing what they can to bring people together in remembrance of the uprising.

Killeen ISD graduate Dakota Widenor and fellow Central Texan Greyson Lightbourn have teamed up to organize Central Texas Pride.

"We are one community, and we want to show that," said Lightbourn.

"We have Central Texas Homeless Coalition. We have HIV prevention Bell County," said Widenor.

The event will also feature a drag show, face painting, live music, an art show and more.

Lightbourn said it is a special year because 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. On June 28, 1969 police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Once the raid began, it soon led to a riot that raged for six days.

"The Stonewall riots were 50 years ago this month. And the fact that we've been able, that we're able to hold a pride event in somewhere, in a small town like the Killeen area or Harker Heights, is incredible," said Lightbourn.

The team will host Central Texas Pride at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights on June 22 from noon to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, you are encouraged to e-mail centraltexaspride2019@gmail.com.