Sheridan’s first Pride March flooded the streets with Sheridan’s LGBTQ residents and the community that supports them on June 22, as a reported 475 people became a river of rainbow flags and bright colors. In this photograph, Sheridan-based photographer Jenae Neeson takes a selfie with other colorful marchers. “So proud of Sheridan,” Neeson said in a Facebook post about the march. (Jenae Neeson)

By the numbers, Sheridan’s first Pride March was a big success. This month, cities and towns across Wyoming are hosting marches in support of LGBTQ pride and equal rights and protections for the state’s LGBTQ people. But while many towns have held such marches for years, Sheridan, Wyoming’s sixth largest city by population, had never held an official celebration of Pride Month, today a global event.

That changed on June 22, when more than 475 community members, according to the Sheridan Press, marched across town bringing with them a flood of rainbow flags and brightly colored clothing, wigs and hair. One man wore a t-shirt that said “Sheridan pride is too hard to hide.” For Sheridan’s LGBTQ residents, the day was a fresh change. 

“I grew up here and I didn’t have the visibility that this is going to provide for the youth who are struggling with their identity and their sexual orientation,” one Sheridan resident told the Sheridan Press. “The next generation will have a community coming together for love and support,” Steven Germann said, according to the newspaper. 

A man stands with a rainbow pride flag over his shoulder as marchers pass by across the street during Sheridan’s first Pride March on June 22. (Jenae Neeson)

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Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham is reporting for WyoFile from Laramie. He covers state government, energy and the economy. Reach him at 443-848-8756 or at andrew@wyofile.com, follow him @AndrewGraham88

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