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I would personally like to thank the TDN Reporters, Mallory and Chloe, for taking the time to interview myself and others about the United in Pride Event that RAINS hosted along with many other amazing area agencies and affirming churches. The LGBTQ+ presence in Cowlitz County has always been here but we have so many who feel they cannot be free to be themselves due to persecution for one reason or another. This event and the publicity it got help to show that we are here, we have positive and affirming resources and groups, and we are a force to be reckoned with. To those that came to the event — thank you! It was the biggest we have ever seen in this area with nearly 100 at the march and over 300 at the event. We are hopeful to make it even bigger next year. For those who were afraid to attend because you are not out yet, just know that you have a community here and you are loved.

Heather Wooldridge

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