Little Apple Pride celebrates Manhattan’s LGBTQ community

A student walks up to meet a drag queen after her performance. Five drag queens performed on Saturday for a pavilion at Manhattan City Park full of Little Apple Pride attendees. (Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

People of all ages gathered to celebrate their individuality at Saturday’s ninth annual Little Apple Pride festival. The cold weather kept the event inside for the second year in a row, but that didn’t stop over 100 members of the LGBTQ community from experiencing the event.

Multiple community members showed their support by tabling the event, including Kansas State’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance, the Flint Hills Human Rights Project, Lots of Love Doggie Daycare and Boarding, Positive Connections and special guest C. J. Janovy, author of “No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas.”

The event also featured drag performances by local drag queens Lil Kim Chee, Tywoo, Valaree Love, Brittany Bottomz and Olive D. Cox. The event was followed by a combined amateur drag show and a pride ball later that day.

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Hi there! I’m Leah Zimmerli, community desk co-editor, relentless optimist, and lover of big and small dogs. I’m a junior in political science and journalism from Overland Park, Kansas. I hope to bring you pieces that challenge you, that broaden your mindset, and help you learn more about your K-State community.