The Oklahoma City PRIDE Parade 2014 hosted various political entities.
State Senator, Connie Johnson regally waved from an open car. .
Newly emerging politician, Paula Sophia, http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/04/13/oklahoma-trans-w… Oklahoma City’s first self-identified transgendered seeking election, walked. http://www.isna.org/faq/transgender
Other regular event goers were politicians Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City and also Al McAffrey of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Young Dems also walked. The Democratic Party of Oklahoma present as walkers and riders in a vintage truck.
The parade was graced with a sunny, cloudless afternoon which was warm, but not too hot. Parade goers were not disappointed under bright blue skies.
Groups marching, dancing, riding and running were met with cellphone cameras clicking, and some parade goers filming the whole event.
Planned Parenthood http://www.ppcok.org/ had a large presence as did the YWCA http://www.ywca.org/site/c.cuIRJ7NTKrLaG/b.7515807/k.2737/YWCA__Eliminat… Both groups provide many supportive services to young people, including supports regarding sexual health and both preventing and dealing with relational violence.
Atheists, along with a wide variety of denominations and non-denominational houses of worship presented in support of human rights, acceptance and community care.
One group presented a large symbol of parody regarding an area Christian conversion group…. in an attempt to continue to bring attentions to the fact that many states have laws against conversion therapy services ( “converting” or “preventing” sexual preferences implementing fundamental Christian principles). States like California, have noted these teaching or converting actions to be dangerous to teenagers, and have outlawed the practice to teenagers on that note. Others have deemed that teaching or converting in this way is akin to practices of a hate crime, and thereby outlaw it for persons who are “too young” to be subjected to same.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/california-gay-conversion-thera… The “emotionally charged” issue deemed in need of guidance by the State of California, is absent in any formal political discussions of regulation in Oklahoma, as the primary service group(s) who perform same do so unfettered, and under pastoral care “guidelines” versus clinical interventions, often, if not always absent a licensed process. OKCPRIDE parade, absent of representation from this group.