LA hosts first Pride Fest

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos’ first Pride Festival drew a crowd Friday afternoon at Fuller Lodge.


While a karaoke party was in full swing inside the lodge, outside, people from all over the region came to take part in help build a float, blow bubbles and learn to live together in peace and harmony.

The festivals featured many booths, including Voices of Los Alamos, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and a booth where people could write what they wanted and let the world know they were “coming out” on a t-shirt. The idea came from

Quinn Fontaine, the Santa Fe Pride King, and author of a biography about his journey about transitioning from female to male.

“My work is about being transparent and helping people to be who they are,” Fontaine said at the event.

“The fact that this is the first is huge. I have chills talking to you right now,” Fontaine said. “It’s so important. Some of these kids I’ve overheard here thinking they were alone, and here they are at this t-shirt booth thinking about starting their own support group.”

The Pride Fest also sponsored the Red Elvises Concert at Ashley Pond Park later that night.