“It’s also an economic development issue. As we recruit companies like Boeing and others, trust me, there are large amounts of gay and lesbian employees in all of these organizations, and they want to know that Oklahoma City celebrates its diversity, that Oklahoma is going to protect all of its population. And I think that OKC Pride is a very strong statement that we do celebrate our diversity.”

—Ward 2’s Ed Shadid, speaking about the 24th annual OKC Pride festival at the June 21 Oklahoma City Council meeting

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