Westport kicks off inaugural Pride Month celebration

The town of Westport’s inaugural Pride Month celebration is underway.
Brian McGunagle and his husband moved to Westport four years ago, where they now raise their son. But McGunagle says he didn't feel like there was a noticeable LGBTQ community.
"What I was seeing and hearing was there wasn't really a cohesive message within the community and I think especially for younger people, there really weren't visible role models," he says.
McGunagle recently started Westport Pride - a group of LGBTQ residents and allies who are standing up to create a supportive culture.
The group launched the town's first-ever Pride Month celebration, which began with the addition of rainbow lights to a town landmark.
A multi-colored glow now radiates from the bridge downtown every night.
"It's going to be a beacon to those in our community to remember they are part of our community," says McGunagle.
Jess Bengtson is a member of the gay community and the executive chef at Amis Trattoria. The restaurant is one of about 25 businesses in town partnering with Westport Pride for Pride Month.
Trattoria will hold a special dinner, with a portion of the proceeds going to Westport Pride.
McGunagle says to expect speeches and performances along with a big crowd at a pride rally on Jessup Green this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
He tells News 12 this is just the beginning.
"Westport Pride isn't just about June. It's about the full year and so we're really kind of coming out in June with our programming, but we plan to continue throughout the year," McGunagle says.
For more information on Westport Pride, their events and discounts and promotions for Pride Month, click here.