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Supporters Urge Paducah To Keep LGBTQ Festival Outside

Dozens of Paducah residents showed support Tuesday night at a city commission meeting for an inaugural LGBTQ festival planned for August. Supporters of the West Kentucky Pride Festival came to the meeting following rumored controversy that critics would petition the city to move the festival indoors.

The festival is planned to take place outside at the downtown riverfront.

City Manager James Arndt said rumors the event would be moved indoors or wouldn’t be permitted are false. He says the permit is still being processed. Three residents criticized the festival and the city’s support, citing religious reasoning.

Paducah enacted an LGBTQ fairness ordinance last year.


"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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