2022 Pride Parade in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography)

The return of the Baltimore Pride parade after two years drew thousands of LGBTQ+ Baltimoreans to Charles Street on Saturday.

While the celebration of Charm City’s queer community was a joyous occasion for many, it was also tinged by a ruling the day before from the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Friday overturned the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that federally protected abortion rights.

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas also wrote in a concurring opinion that the Court should reconsider cases related to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

Still, parade participants and spectators alike took Baltimore Pride as an opportunity to express themselves authentically and unapologetically in the midst of growing concerns over the fate of LGBTQ+ rights.

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Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...