Photo Essay: True Colors Shine at Nashville Pride

Photos and story by Laura Pochodylo

For nearly two decades, Nashville has joined the host of cities across the nation marking each June with a Pride celebration. Nashville’s LGBTQIA community converged on Public Square Park in downtown Nashville for the city’s first two-day Pride event, and Comcast was a part of the celebration.

“From employment and benefits, to programming and community engagement, Comcast makes diversity and inclusion a top priority,” said Janet Willoughby, Comcast’s local LGBT employee resource group leader. “Comcast fosters an open, inclusive and collaborative company culture, and we are proud to come together to participate in the Nashville Pride walk.”

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All were welcome to participate in the Nashville Pride Equality Walk.

The festival kicked off on Saturday, June 24 with a parade through downtown Nashville, ending on the lawn in front of the courthouse. Participants carried banners and homemade signs while marching jubilantly with businesses, churches and groups of friends.

Photo by Terry Vo

Photo by Terry Vo

Comcast employees and friends marched together.

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More parade fun! 

Once inside Public Square Park, festivalgoers enjoyed food trucks, live entertainment, information from community organizations and multiple activities.

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From games to mural painting, there was no shortage of entertainment at Nashville Pride.

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The Xfinity cornhole boards outside of the Comcast tent encouraged a little friendly competition.

Comcast representatives were on hand to talk about Comcast’s services and their commitment to being an LGBTQIA-friendly employer and business. Locally, Comcast is a member of Nashville’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Plus, the company has scored a perfect score for the past four years on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

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Ready to answer your questions, Nashville!

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Even Comcast can’t come to Pride without something fun to wear.

Pride is a time to celebrate community with friends, feel acceptance no matter your identity and take a stance against LGBTQIA discrimination.

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In their post thanking Nashville for an uplifting and exciting Pride celebration, Nashville Pride summed it up by saying, “Pride is about celebrating the amazing things that each person brings to the collective table. Don’t be afraid to show your true colors—every single moment of every single day.”

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