Lansing, Michigan Celebrates 25th Pride Anniversary: VIDEO

Lansing Pride

The first Lansing, Michigan Pride Rally was held in 1989, picking up the momentum of gay pride that was spreading around the nation. Now, a quarter of a century later, gays in Lansing are celebrating the anniversary of that first rally, swelling to a crowd of thousands from the few hundred that first started it. And in a first for the rally, Democrat Mark Schauer became the first gubernatorial candidate to speak at Michigan Pride. Vendors and performers kept the event lively, while speeches and commitment ceremonies marked the importance of the event and how far gay rights have come.

Here's to another 25 years, Lansing.

You can watch Schauer's speech, and take a trip down memory lane with a short local news segment on that first rally in '89, AFTER THE JUMP…