Throughout the month of June, the Franklin County Coalition for Progress (FCCP) is engaging the community to celebrate Pride month through the Franklin County Welcoming Project (, an awareness and acceptance campaign to increase visibility of LGBTQ+ people. Through its program, Pride Franklin County (, the Welcoming Project is spreading positive messages of belonging and love across local neighborhoods to convey the message that all are welcome here.

“Our aim with the Welcoming Project is to help make LGBTQ+ community members know they belong here in Franklin County,” said Noel Purdy, president of FCCP. “They are seen and accepted for who they are. They have a place in our community. They are loved.”

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