Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville
Case Concerning Discrimination Against LGBTQ PeopleKey Date: March 6, 2018
Status: Resolved, with Victory for LGBTQ Plaintiffs
Legal Team: Private Counsel and Campaign for Southern Equality
Type: Other LGBT Litigation
Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville is a case challenging a 2018 decision by the City of Starkville prohibiting an LGBTQ Pride Parade. Plaintiffs Mississippi State University students Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner filed the federal lawsuit and asked a judge to overrule the city’s decision to block the planned parade and immediately grant a parade permit to Starkville Pride.
The case was led by McDaniel and Turner, including Roberta Kaplan as lead attorney. The case was supported by the Campaign for Southern Equality.
- February 20, 2018: City of Starkville, Mississippi deny Starkville Pride organizers a permit to host a Pride Parade.
- February 26, 2018: Attorneys file Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville to overturn the city’s decision blocking the parade.
- March 6, 2018: City of Starkville reverses decision and grants the permit to Starkville Pride.
- March 24, 2018: More than 3,000 people march in the first-ever LGBTQ Pride Parade in Starkville, which is also the largest parade in the city’s history.
Last Updated June 15, 2018