Protests at Charlotte Pride remain peaceful, few arrests

Pride festival is a place where those in the LGBT community can go and feel comfortable, but some say protesters came with another goal in mind. Hundreds of LGBTQ supporters came out in full force, with a peaceful message for protesters.

Under the watchful eye of police. Anti-LGBT protesters and LGBT supporters came face to face. Anti-LGBT signs were quickly covered up by supporters with messages of love.

"Obviously their opinion matters to them and our opinions matter to us, but it's just you love who you love and it just doesn't really matter," said Izzy Beddingfield.

Festival organizers say that peaceful attitude is just what happened this weekend. Protests remained calm, even with the two opposing groups standing inches apart.

"I just try and tell them facts and what not about what's true and what's not," said one LGBT supporter.

Organizers tell FOX 46 Charlotte they are only aware of two arrests made near the protest site on Saturday. Much of the crowd surrounding the protesters simply wanted their voice to be heard.

"We are not going to go up to a protester and we are not going to punch them in the face. We are not going to do anything. We are just going to try and tell them how it is and tell them that we except everyone and we love who we love," said Hannah Westerman.

Organizers say there have been protesters at Charlotte Pride events in years past, but this year the number was drastically lower.
 

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