New York City’s 1969 Stonewall Riots were arguably the catalyst for the modern Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) rights movement, with drag queens at the forefront. In downtown Champaign on September 15, drag queens helped lead the UP Center of Champaign County’s 8thannual CU Pride Parade. The parade, which bills itself as the largest LGBT Pride celebration in Illinois excluding Chicago, included waves of participants – businesses, politicians and church groups all showing their support for the LGBTQ community all walking the route and interacting with onlookers. As a student journalist, I had the opportunity to cover the event with my camera. On previous photojournalism assignments, there had always been a voice inside my head that made it difficult to really get the shots I wanted. The current political climate makes going up to strangers and asking to photograph them unnerving to me, especially as a student.