Bangor Pride Week Sparks ‘Tolerance Day’

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Erica Stapleton

Updated 4 weeks ago

Several groups marched in the city’s annual Pride parade to support gay rights.

The parade and festival are part of a week long Bangor Pride Celebration.

People at the festival say the festivities say a lot about Bangor.

“We’ve made so much progress and it’s wonderful to be out with so many people who are gay, lesbian and trans and straight and everyone is out together just having a grand time,” says parader Rissa Moore.  “The police are out here to protect us from the traffic and not other people and I think that is really, really awesome.”

Bangor Mayor Ben Sprague announced at the festival,  July 7th will now be Bangor’s “Tolerance Day” in remembrance of Charlie Howard, a man killed thirty years ago for being gay.


  • Kathleen March

    Tolerance is not a good word choice. I’ve been saying this for years. Who wants to be “tolerated”? Much better is to be respected, loved, valued, etc. To tolerate is to simply “put up with”. No thank you.

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