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Pasco Pride Adopts Road Once Adopted By KKK

Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richie
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Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richey. LGBTQIA+ organization, Pasco Pride, adopted a mile stretch of the road.

A non-profit organization that says they aim to "provide positive role models in the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities" is celebrating Pride Month in a way few other groups are.

Pasco Pride adopted a section of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey which was sponsored by an infamous hate organization 25 years ago.

"I was not aware that the [Ku Klux Klan] actually had adopted it back in the 90s," said Nina Borders, president of Pasco Pride. "I actually didn't think that was something that could happen."

The KKK adopted a one mile stretch of Moon Lake Road in 1993. Borders takes note of how far the community has come. 

"We've grown as community and as an organization." said Borders. "We've given people hope that love does trump hate."

Pasco Pride plans to clean the road of trash and debris at least four times per year.

"We're trying to show the people that might not believe in our organization or us that we're great people, we're doing great things and we really we really take pride in our community," said Borders. "The best way to celebrate is to give back."

The first Pasco Pride Festival was held nearby in downtown New Port Richey last year, the second annual event is scheduled for October 1 - 6.

Erin O’Brien is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2019.
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