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Raleigh’s first Gay Pride celebration on Saturday, 25 June 1988. P. Susan Mitchell, who helped organize the event, said, “People need to know we are their neighbors. Some of us are their best friends. Some of us are their lawyers. Some of us—like me—are their nurses. We’re all out there, and we’ve always been out there.”

The participants, numbering over 2000, gathered at the NC State’s Memorial Bell Tower and marched down Hillsborough Street to Capitol Square. Raleigh City Council Member Mary Watson Nooe attended the march saying, “I wanted to show that I am an ally, I felt like that was a good way to do that. We’re all diminished by discrimination, and if we recognize the things we do together and do together well, then we can build a better society.” Published in the News and Observer 26 June 1988
From the N&O negative collection, State Archives of North Carolina; Raleigh, NC. Photo copyrighted by the Raleigh News and Observer. Illegal to use without express permission from the N&O.


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