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Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville

Case Concerning Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

Key Date: March 6, 2018
Status: Resolved, with Victory for LGBTQ Plaintiffs
Legal Team: Private Counsel and Campaign for Southern Equality
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Case Overview:

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.

Case History

  • 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


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