WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - About 120 vendors showed up for Sunday's ICT Big Gay Market at Riverside Park. 

The idea is to give vendors belonging to the LGBTQ+ community a way to be seen.  

It also creates a safe space for people to be who they are.  

"It's really nice to have a gathering like this where I can feel normal, feel accepted.” 

Many people at Sunday's event share the same thoughts and feelings. Keith Gossman said growing up in southern Alabama was hard for him.  

"Being queer is just not something that was ok there so it is definitely helped me to be more open and helped to find a little bit more peace with who I am," Grossman said.

Brea Rice runs her own queer people of color podcast. She said there are not a lot of people of color in Wichita and feels the city is divided.  

Rice added being both queer and black brings its own set of stressors.  

"Being a queer person of color, you are marginalized with people within the group of people of color and you're marginalized in the group of queerness because when you look at queerness, you see a lot of whiteness,"  said Rice.   

Event organizers James and Jeff Boyd moved to Wichita from the West Coast several years ago.  

Although both say they did not feel welcomed initially, both said the City of Wichita has been amazingly supportive this year. 

"It's made me see the growth that Wichita is going through right now and I've seen so much advancement in the city we're from San Diego and Portland, Oregon and coming here you know we saw a lot of growth that could happen and now seeing it happen," said James.  

Celebrating the third year, Jeff credits vendors for creating the welcoming vibe.