Beth Meadows is the president of Salisbury Pride. She's always been out. Beth has lived in Salisbury for years, and she says that the city was very different when she first arrived.
For Beth, food is love. She's worked in the grocery industry for her whole life. Her new job at Food Lion brought her to Salisbury.
Food Lion helped out in a big way to fund the first Salisbury Pride. Beth says that the company has changed a lot over time.
When a friend invited Beth to the first Salisbury Pride planning meeting, she wasn't sure Salisbury was ready.
On the day of the first Salisbury Pride, close to one hundred protestors threatened the celebration.
Today, people in Salisbury can talk about being gay. Beth thinks Salisbury Pride has had a big impact on the city.
Justin Murdock and his husband were the first same-sex couple to marry in West Virginia. He's the co-chair of Mayor Williams' LGBT Advisory Committee.
Justin's family has a long history in Huntington and Wayne County. When Justin was in middle school, he thought he could ignore his identity to make his family happy.
Justin married his ex-wife when he was 20 years old.
There wasn't much of a movement for marriage equality in West Virginia when Justin thought about marrying his partner for the first time. He wanted to change that.
Justin didn't think that his grandma approved of his relationship with a man. But then he saw her newspaper clippings.
Even though it took a while, Justin pushed Mayor Williams to support the LGBTQ community in Huntington.