Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports:
In 2022, the first official Pride event was held in St. Cloud, Florida, according to organizers Kristina Bozanich and Brenda Torres. Now they worry it could be the last. They had planned a second St. Cloud Pride event for June 10. Bozanich says they adjusted the event to only allow those 18 years and older to attend the drag performance, the last few hours of the event.
“But even after discussing with entertainment, the drag queens did not feel it would be safe for them to perform,” Bozanich said. Bozanich says they were hoping to still have the event, even without their main acts.
“But then the news came out about the sign in Lake Nona that said ‘kill all gays,’ which was very alarming, very concerning,” Bozanich said. “We did not have the funds to be able to provide that high level of security to ensure safety if there were some sort of extreme act.”
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St. Cloud, population 60,000, is 30 miles south of Orlando in Osceola County and about 20 minutes from Disney World.