Several hundred people moved through York's Penn Park for the 5th Annual Equality Fest Sun., Aug. 5.
With mid-term elections coming and challenges to LGBT civil rights from religious groups, the event drew both candidates running for local office and religious congregations that are "welcoming" to the community.
This year organizers held smaller events the week before Sunday's main event.
Equality Fest started as a day long, family friendly, community, arts & cultural celebration held in Downtown York City. For 2018 it evolved into a full week of dynamic events celebrating diversity across York County.
Inspired by the May 20, 2014 historic passage of marriage equality, the festival's organizers encourage full inclusion of all York citizens in all aspects of civic life. According to the group's web site, "We join forces annually with several like-minded organizations, faith communities, retailers, artists, politicians, and committed citizens to produce (as of 2018) a full week that fosters connections, awareness and activism within the beautifully diverse citizenship of south central PA.
"The festival honors multiple marginalized communities and showcase the beautiful contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, immigrants, students and young people, seniors, the differently-abled, and others to highlight that the York community strives for opportunity, safety and hope for ALL of York's people!"