I would like to thank the organizers of Augusta Pride for a great parade and festival June 19.
I planned a visit to my hometown so that I could participate, and was happy to be able to march with the wonderful people of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. The church's banner read "Open at all times to all people," and elicited many grateful looks and cheers.
In The Augusta Chronicle's article about the parade, you mentioned that some of the protesting sign-holders were cursed by some of the marchers. What you didn't report was that St. Alban's marchers called out the following to those sign-holders: "God loves everyone!"
One of the protesting signs read, "What part of thou shalt not do you not understand?" What a great sentiment -- if only the sign-holder would have asked himself the same question.
I hope that Augusta Pride continues this great event. It gives courage and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks who are in the closet, and opens hearts and minds of those who fear people who are not like themselves.