Indiana's GLBT community will have to settle for a letter sealed with a kiss. He writes to Pride Fest attendees:
Pride Celebration is an event that brings together people from across Indiana who share characteristics that unite all Hoosiers, families and members of families alike. Indy Pride demonstrates the diversity not only of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, but of Indiana, a state that is home to people of all races, religions, and national origins working together toward a bright future.
As the GLBT community intersects with all communities, Hoosiers are becoming ever more appreciative of your contributions to Indiana's past and future. May today's event be another successful building block, encouraging a strong spirit of fellowship among all who attend.
On behalf of all of Indiana, welcome to our capital city for Pride 2006.
Mayor Peterson's schedule will also keep him away from Pride just as it has every year he's been in office. You can bet, though, that he'll work the Italian Street Festival and Latino Family Fun Fest into his schedule tomorrow. Mayor Peterson, whose administration has always been accomodating in closing streets and what-not to make the parade and festival possible, also penned a letter of support. He boasts of his own executive order and the city's new Human Rights Ordinance "to help promote an equal and integrated city." He adds, "Best wishes for a wonderful festival!"
It really is pathetic that otherwise supportive politicians in Indiana are still terrified of attending a gay pride celebration for fear that someone might photograph them with a bunch of gays. If you travel to Chicago, you will find the Governor, Mayor, U.S. Senators, Congressmen and virtually anybody that's anything marching in the parade to show their support for the GLBT community. Indiana still has a long way to go, but it has made significant strides in a few short years.