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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Instead of being greeted with mean words and angry signs, people at Pride Fest were greeted with the exact opposite from a church who said they want to take on a different approach to getting their message across.
"We don't endorse or agree I would say with the community but there is no way you're going to be able to make a loving impact unless you have good conversation,” Scott Ochsner, Pastor of Forgiven Church said.
On the opening weekend of Pride Fest Pastor Ochner and his congregation decided to hit the streets to create dialogue and understanding.
"One of the signs a lot of people like is "We apologize for the way the church has treated you" because so much of the church in the past has treated them in a very negative way."
Nikki Fultz who is the director of Fort Wayne Pride said this year's Pride Fest is expanding, making it bigger than ever for families, and there are times they are attacked by people with opposing views, but appreciate those who are willing to work together.
"We have over a dozen churches in Fort Wayne that are open and affirming and that means they accept the LGBTQ community for who we are and are not trying to change who we are. We have allies in them. They can only strengthen our community because a lot of what has broken the community is religion,"she said.
Fultz said the festival is working hard every year to make sure uniqueness is celebrated and that's one thing Carson Colburn loves about it.
"I'm from Fort Wayne, my mom lives here. You don't see people expressing themselves as much unless you're here at Pride and it's really great,"Colburn said.