From THE REPUBLICAN (Massachusetts):
Sixth-grade teacher Thomas M. Weiner has collected more than two decades of T-shirts from the annual Pride March (in Northampton). He remembers when gays and lesbians marched with paper bags over their heads, concealing themselves from scorn and derision. However, as marchers mustered at Bridge Street School on Saturday there was nary a paper bag in sight and hundreds gathered to proceed down Main Street.
Weiner was leading a contingent of 12-year-olds, his students at Smith College Campus Center. In past years, he accompanied three or a half-dozen, but this year 14 of his 20-member class turned out.
A fair amount of the contingencies in the parade Saturday did not necessarily have a direct gay lifestyle link but their message was inclusive.
A handful of church groups... joined the procession including St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton. That contingent carried the gay pride, Episcopal and American flags with their banner.
“We take a vow to protector the dignity of all human beings,” said Rector Catherine Munz.