12-year-old raises thousands for Pride parade in Chicago suburb
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A Chicago suburb is on track to get its first gay pride parade after a push by a 12-year-old girl. 

Molly Pinta began exploring the possibility of a parade in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, after she attended a pride parade in Aurora, another Chicago suburb, according to NBC News

From there, she won the support of Indivisible Aurora, the group that organized the parade in Aurora, which recommended that she begin a fundraising campaign for an event in Buffalo Grove.


"As a gay child, I would love to see a pride celebration in my town," Pinta said in a recent video posted on Facebook. "I recently went to Aurora's parade and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen."

"Growing up in the closet is hard, but seeing that Buffalo Grove supports you probably makes someone in the closet feel seen and accepted, which is sometimes all someone needs," she continued. 

As part of her fundraising effort, Pinta and her mother have set up a GoFundMe page, which is nearing $6,000 of its $10,000 goal. The parade is tentatively set to take place next June, according to NBC News. 

In the meantime, Pinta said she will meet with local police to put together a route for the parade, NBC News reported. She has also won the support of city officials.