Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell and Advocates Plan for OUTfest Rally

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WEST CHESTER, PA — Local leaders and advocates were disappointed when news broke of the cancellation of West Chester’s planned OUTFest event broke on Wednesday. Downingtown Resident, Eddy Foster, immediately reached out to Commissioner Josh Maxwell to discuss what they could do in response.

“I heard the news of the cancellation and felt the sense of urgency to respond. Within minutes Eddy and I began to coordinate our efforts to plan an event. My office staff, and my wife, immediately went to work to support Eddy’s vision of a rally on the steps of Chester County’s Historic Courthouse,” said Commissioner Maxwell.

West Chester CommUNITY OUTfest, a two-block street festival featuring performers, activities, and vendors, was scheduled for October 1 in West Chester Borough and is held in support of the local LGBTQ+ community.

Eddy Foster spoke to the need to support the LGBTQ+ community. “The community was excited for OUTfest and disappointed that the festival was cancelled. I felt it was important to respond with a rally to show friends, family, and neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community that Chester County supports and celebrates the multiple ways their community enhances our county.”

The rally is currently planned for October 1, 2022, at 2:00 pm on the Historic Courthouse steps. The event will feature local leaders and advocates, a short march through West Chester Borough, and will conclude with a party at Split Rail Tavern on Walnut Street in West Chester.

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