First ever Pride Day held in Lead

The Lead-Deadwood High School Democrats raised funds for and hosted Lead’s first ever Pride Day celebration Sunday. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal

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LEAD — The newly formed Lead-Deadwood High School Democrats hosted Lead’s first ever Pride Day celebration at Manuel Brothers Park Sunday.

“We’re just designed to bring the community together in what ever way possible, also encouraging political activism,” said Daniel Egemo, chairman of the Lead-Deadwood High School Democrats. “So getting people out to vote, obviously, but also making sure people feel comfortable within their own beliefs.”

Egemo, who will be a senior at Lead-Deadwood High School this year, said that the group of about 10 to 15 students started in April and in May held their first fundraiser bringing in nearly $500.

“It was a dinner that we hosted, and it was totally donation based so there was definitely a lot of interest in people coming out and donating to us,” he said.

After the fundraiser, the group decided they wanted to host a Pride Day event.

“A lot of our members feel very passionate about the subject,” Egemo explained. “We definitely felt that Pride Month, June, was the perfect time to host a pride event and make Lead have the first pride event its ever had.”

Egemo said the group hopes to make the event an annual occurrence and wants to collaborate with Deadwood Pride on future events.

Despite the blustery conditions the celebration of unity and acceptance featured food venders, water balloon fights, face painting, and a special appearance by local drag celebrity Sister Gaye; who was on hand to sing karaoke and share pearls of wisdom in her own inimitable fashion.

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