In what has been a momentous year for the LGBTQ community, Peoria will revive a pride festival downtown. Peoria native Cesar Vargas is planning this year’s event.
Vargas says he wanted to put together something that would encourage youth to feel confident and embraced by the community.
“I hope people are inspired and see wow, if he’s doing it, I can do something too,” Vargas said. “I feel like if that energizes people, we could all be doing something fabulous.”
Vargas says the city hasn’t had a large-scale gay pride event in six years.