Good Food News - First Pride in Hendersonville, NC
No one knew how many people to expect the first pride event in Hendersonville, NC (population 14,000) . The 500 people who attended the pot-luck picnic found not only rainbow iced cakes, cucumber salad, potato salad, traditional macaroni salad, carrot salad, pea salad, and three tricolor pasta salads (so every salad ever) but also the welcoming hospitality of their neighbors.
One of the attendees was Rev. Jerry Miller, whose son came out as gay four decades ago when Miller didn't find it that easy to reconcile his faith with his son's identity. " ...I prayed that God would change my son someday," Miller says, "God didn't change him, he changed me." Miller, now 85, started leading a local PFLAG chapter, a group for family and friends of LGBTQ people around 20 years ago.
Rev. Joan Saniuk, pastor of the local Metropolitan Community Church, attended the pot-luck as well and stated, "When we share food together, we belong to each other. We're family." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.