13th annual Southern Oregon Pride kicks off

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland is kicking off a weekend of events Thursday as part of its 13th annual Pride festival.

Southern Oregon Pride is hosting a pride bingo event tonight at the Pascal Winery in Talent from 6 to 9 p.m.

It is the first of many events set to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the area.

Southern Oregon Pride president Gina DuQuenne says it’s important to support the community and showcase the importance of queer culture.

“The more pride we can show the better,” DuQuenne said.  “The more awareness we can let people know we are here.  I’m just like you and we are all the same that is most important to me that acceptance.”

DuQuenne says the big parade will be happening Saturday at 11 a.m. in downtown Ashland.

For a full list of events, check out sopride.org.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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