Kalispell is again hosting the Montana Gay Pride Celebration this year. Dubbed “Under the Rainbow,” the event runs June 18 and 19, offering live music from singer-songwriter Camille Bloom, a pride parade and a drag show Saturday night.
This is the second consecutive year Kalispell hosts the annual Pride Weekend. Last time around, the gathering met with organized resistance, with local residents submitting a petition to city officials asking them to stop the parade. At the time, one individual complained to the City Council that such displays promote immorality, while opening the door to parades for rapists and pedophiles.
“Gay people can not procreate, they recruit, and they don’t need to parade down Main Street flaunting their lifestyle,” Charles Reed told Kalispell’s City Council last April.
On the day of the parade last year, a smattering of protesters stood on the sidelines warning of fire and brimstone. Ultimately, though, the march went off without a hitch. And this time around, we’re happy to report that we haven’t yet heard of any organized resistance aiming to halt the festivities.