Starkville Pride
Starkville Pride

Stand with Starkville Pride: Lawsuit Against Denied Permit


Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner, students at Mississippi State University, display bravery and leadership as organizers of Starkville Pride in Starkville, Mississippi. Last week, the city’s Board of Alderman voted 4-3 to deny Starkville Pride a permit for the city’s first-ever Pride celebration. The reason being? Hostility toward the LGBTQ+ community. 

But Bailey and Emily vow to keep fighting – that’s why they’ve connected with attorney Roberta Kaplan to file a lawsuit against the city of Starkville to challenge this blatant violation of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. 

What You Can Do

Stand with Starkville Pride! Donate to the organization or send a supporting message to the Starkville LGBTQ+ community. Let’s let them know the country stands with them as we help Baily and Emily celebrate Starkville’s first-ever Pride parade!

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