LGBT Community at Pridefest Processes News of Orlando Shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's LGBT community is still trying to process the news of the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub where 50 people were killed early Saturday morning.

In Des Moines' East Village, Sunday is the final day of Pridefest. Of course, for the people at Pridefest, what happened in Orlando is on people's minds.

"It's still so sad that people feel like there is so much hate," said Brandy Spaur. "We feel like there is so much being done and that people are coming together. There is so much love but yet so much hate. It`s really confusing and it's really sad."

For those who commented on the shooting, they said they realize something like that could happen in Des Moines.

"It's kind of scary actually, it really is," said Zach Gillette. "It makes you stop and appreciate what Pride is all about."

They also said Pridefest is supposed to be a time for celebration, not fear.

"I feel like we can't live in fear, though, because cause it will drive you inside," said Doug Warren. "That`s what Pride is about. It's about getting out in the streets and making yourself known, instead of cowering in fear. You can`t let fear take over."


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