MURFREESBORO, TN – If you found yourself in downtown Murfreesboro this weekend, you probably got a free hug.
Love was in the air as the community gathered for its first ever pride event on the square, simply called: BoroPride.
BoroPride is an event celebrating and recognizing those who are part of the LGBTQ community. This was the very first event that focused on those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).
Past events that were similar in nature and held in Rutherford County have only taken place on the MTSU campus. Many called the festivities on Saturday historic.
Many different kinds of businesses, vendors, musicians, amazing artwork, and yes free hugs were to be had that Saturday evening. Some never thought an event like this would never happen in Murfreesboro, since the Supreme Court decision last year.
“You know I remembered the day it happened,” said Change Project’s Justin Westley. “I was walking around thinking you know this is the first time I’ve had rights I’ve never had.”
BoroPride never lost momentum as it went in well into 10 pm. Many organizations such as the Tennessee Equality Project hope to make it an annual event every year.