Post date: 10/15/2023 | FCC KATY | News

One year after anti-LGBT protests, Katy’s inaugural Pride fest kicks off at First Christian Church

One year after armed protesters converged on an LGBTQ-friendly church, hundreds of visitors flocked to the church to celebrate Katy’s first-ever Pride festival.

First Christian Church Katy on Saturday hosted the Katy Pride festival, a family-friendly event designed to spotlight the LGBTQ community and its allies.

The event was hosted by the newly founded Katy Pride LGBTQ, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to creating a community for all LGBTQ individuals to live authentically and safely.

The festival featured more than 70 vendors, live music, a pumpkin patch and activities for children.

First Christian Church Katy is known for its LGBTQ-affirming focus, which has drawn criticism, protests, theft and vandalism.

In September 2022, more than 100 protesters, many armed and making Nazi salutes, converged upon the church to decry its “Drag Queen Bingo” event.

The church pressed forward with its mission despite the threats, said lead pastor Heather Tolleson, who felt the success of Katy Pride’s inaugural event was a testament to the church’s tenacity.

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