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Celina, Ohio: A small town with big Pride [GALLERY]

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In Celina, Ohio, residents celebrated the town’s third annual Pride, organized by local nonprofit Small Town Pride – Celina.

Small Town Pride was founded in 2020 by Celina native Kyle Bruce and his family. 

“My family is amazing,” Bruce said in a public speech at the event on June 25. “But that doesn’t mean coming out was easy. Celina didn’t make it easy.”

By organizing annual Pride celebrations — and providing a scholarship for one Celina High School senior via raffle earnings from the event — Bruce hopes to change that experience for other LGBTQ+ people living in Mercer County.

This year, Celina Pride featured live music, drag performances, vendors, face painting and a march to the Mercer County Courthouse.

The Buckeye Flame captured these images:

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H.L. Comeriato is the staff writer for The Buckeye Flame. A queer and non-binary writer and reporter from Akron, Ohio, they covered public health for The Devil Strip via Report for America.

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