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Putnam Pride Returns With Enthusiasm!

About 350 people gathered for the fifth annual Putnam Pride event June 1, beginning with a ceremony at Gilead Presbyterian Church in Brewster and continuing with a caravan to Veterans’ Memorial Park in Carmel/Kent, where vendors, music and other festivities continued.

Hosts Angel Elektra and ShayD'Pines, who have emceed the event since 2020, celebrated their 25th anniversary as a couple with a cake donated by Pink Sugar Pastries.

State Sen. Pete Harckham was a guest speaker, and community members Abigail Lyons and Jim Wise were honored for being leaders in the LGBTQ+ community.

Brewster High School student Rebecca Loeffel presented a Progress Pride flag featuring the names of trans and gender expansive people who have been lost to violence over the last year.

Local clergy, students and community leaders spoke during the Pride event.

Photos by Laurie Doppman and Stephanie Schleicher.


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