South Bend Pride Week Ends With Block Party

Jun 18, 2018

South Bend’s Pride Week 2018 wrapped up over the weekend with a downtown Block Party.

Vendors and non-profit organizations from across northern Indiana lined a block of Michigan street for the final event of South Bend’s 2018 Pride Week.

Jason Wilkinson is the executive director at the LGBTQ Center in South Bend. He says he’s proudest of all the young people that showed up during the week’s events.

“We want to make sure that people understand that there is an LGBTQ presence here and there are supporters of ours as well,” Wilkinson said.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his partner Chasten Glezman made an appearance at the event after their wedding ceremony Saturday.

“When I was younger, I thought it was an either or question of living as who you are or having a chance to be in public service,” Buttigieg said, “I’m not sure I did believe this day would come.”

The newlyweds thanked the crowd for all of their support and said their marriage would not be possible without it.  



Newlyweds Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman stop by the South Bend Pride Block Party after their wedding ceremony on Saturday.
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