First Pride Weekend in Milford

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MILFORD -- A first of its kind event is set for the weekend in Pike County.

It's a two-day festival to celebrate who you are.

The Upper Delaware Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender organization is putting on the event.

The goal is to promote awareness and acceptance for the entire community by bringing together people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight.

Downtown Milford is a bit more colorful this week.

Throughout the borough, rainbow flags are out in front of businesses and nearby homes.

The flags are a symbol for Gay Pride. They're also being used as a sign of support for the borough`s first Pride Weekend, which will bring together the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

"It`s amazing how many of our young people or even people my age have really never been part of a major community and haven`t been able to feel that camaraderie. So we were thinking `What can we do` and we thought, 'How about we try having our first Pride Weekend in Milford?'," said Cary Giacalone, one of the event organizers.

The Upper Delaware Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender organization was created in 2008 to bring the entire community together.

The group's Pride Weekend is getting plenty of support from downtown merchants who believe the event will be very successful.

"We're not such a judgmental community. I think we welcome everyone in the community, and why not?" said Deb Brooks, the owner of Ambiance Furniture and Gifts.

While several businesses in downtown Milford are showing their support for the borough`s first Pride Weekend by displaying rainbow flags, the flags are really only part of the greater message.

"One thing I want to stress is that we`re not trying to be a ghetto. We want to be part of the entire community. Everybody is welcome at every one of our events," said Giacalone.

Pride Weekend in Milford starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hotel Fauchere in downtown Milford with a cocktail party.

The weekend ends on Sunday at Milford Beach with a picnic for everyone.

"What I like to say to people when they think of the word homosexual especially is let`s throw the word `sex` out and think about `Who do I need to love and be loved by to be fulfilled in my life," said Giacalone.

Money raised goes back into the Upper Delaware Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender organization.