Rockford pride month kicks off

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) --- The Pride art show is featuring over 20 local artist highlighting the LGBTQ community. The celebration continues with an alley party next to The Office nightclub with food trucks, art you can buy, music and drinks.The MOD drag show then tops off the night marking the start of pride month.

Event organizers and attendees say its important to have events that include all communities regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.

"There's just a general atmosphere of excitement and interest, it's all inclusive. I want to see everybody having a good time and coming out and supporting each other and showing their pride," says art show curator, Lucian Kuranz.

This is the first year the city has officially recognized the month as pride month.