Indy Pride makes history with a women’s organization at the helm

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Pride is making history this year by featuring Girl Pride, according to Indy Pride Board Chair Jenny Boyts.

“This is the first year that we have had a female board chair, me, and the first year that we have had a female executive director in the history of the organization,” Boyts said. “We bring gender diversity to the board, to this city and to the organization.”

It was only natural for Indy Pride to hold an event aimed at women in the LGBTQ+ community, given the history that has been made in the community. From two transgender women, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, creating the turning point in the fight for equality during the Stonewall Riots, to lesbians caring for and fighting for gay people during the AIDS crisis.

The event took place at the Vogue Theater on Thursday evening.

“This is a bit of a newer event, but one that we wanted to create to make sure we had that space for girls and those who identify as girls and our non-binary family,” Boyts said.

Having a safe space for all women and non-binary people is very important to people like Matty Manning and Lillian Sagna. Manning is non-binary and said she faced a lot of transphobia, but during the event all her fears of judgment disappeared.

“It’s really nice to have and really important to have a space where the female energy is present and more dominant,” Manning said.

Sagna is a lesbian experiencing her first pride as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. She is happy to experience it with people she can relate to.

“It’s nice to be around people who love us, whether we know each other or not,” Sagna said. “I find my community.”

Boyts said Girl Pride will more than likely become an Indy Pride staple for years to come.

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