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LGBT Community Shows Pride in Twilight Parade

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Members and supporters of the LGBT community turned out in Brooklyn to show their pride Saturday. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

The highlight of Brooklyn Pride Week: the Twilight Pride Parade.

A stretch of Fifth Avenue in Park Slope shut down Saturday night as Brooklyn's LGBT community and supporters celebrated, filling the street with the colors of the rainbow, the colors of pride.

"We love the fact that in New York City, Brooklyn, we get to express ourselves, and be who we are," said one participant.

"I'm feeling very proud," another said.

"All the love, you just feel the love," a third said.

Deborah Edel says the parade has really grown the past 18 years because more people are comfortable being out now, whereas, in the old days:

"We would be the ones who would be marching, would know full well that many of the people on the sides cheering us on during the march, many of them were gay but couldn't risk actually being in the march," said participant Deborah Edel.

"Got a dollar, got a dime, got a quarter, we'll take it," said Andrew Ronan as he collected money in the flag for Brooklyn Pride.

Ronan says he felt the support of the community, and that's what this event is all about.

"We're your friends, your neighbors, your family, your teachers, your daughters, your sons, and we're equal," Ronan said.

"I feel like I'm happy to be myself," says Toya Lane, who also said that she comes to events like this for two reasons: to support other transgender women.

"Love yourself, take care of yourself," she said. "And also to teach others in the straight community about LGBT issues.

"People are not really educated about transgender people, so therefore when they see transgender people they usually criticize us or make fun of us,"

The grand marshals of this years parade included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

If you would like to get involved with next year's event, visit BrooklynPride.org.

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