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Picnic for Gay Pride Month

BINGHAMTON -- In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, Binghamton residents celebrate growing acceptance in the community.

Families fired up the grill at the Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday for the Pride Community Picnic.  Kids enjoyed face painting and various games, including soccer and hula hooping. Locals say they're happy with the progress that gays have made over the years.

"I believe we have a lot of challenges but I think also we have done so much work and all the grass root efforts have started to make a difference. Being gay nowadays in just part of the culture. I think it's time that people understand that we're here. We've been here for hundreds of years but now we are being recognized for the contributions we make and continue to make in the community," said organizer Dan Carn.

The next LGBTQ Pride Month event will be Wednesday at Squiggy's on Chenango Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

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