Celebrating diversity

Columbia’s fifth annual PrideFest was held Saturday at Stephens Lake Park. The festival featured live music and a variety of vendors.
Sunday, June 10, 2007 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:02 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Missouri United Methodist Church was one of many Columbia organizations promoting diversity and tolerance at the fifth annual Mid-Missouri PrideFest on Saturday. The theme of this year’s festival was “United for Diversity,” a sentiment shared by Mary Ann Shaw, co-founder and chairwoman of Open Door Ministry, a Missouri United Methodist Church group started by parents and friends of gays and lesbians.