As the annual Duluth-Superior Pride weekend celebrates its 30th year, a new event carries on the positive messages created by a transgender youth.
Aidan was a transgender man who was bullied and eventually ended his life due to the pressure and struggles of fitting in.
When Aidan was a student at Harbor City, he would leave positive messages on rocks and leave them around town.
Friends and family kept Aidan's rock quote project going.
They placed rocks and markers at the Ordean Courtyard Garden in downtown Duluth, so the words written by Aidan could support others.
"I can't think of a more important message to convey and that is to love each other. It's as simple as that. It doesn't have to be any more complicated," said Carla Melander who works as a financial counselor for Lutheran Social Services.
Aidan's rocks and markers will be left out in the garden permanently for anyone to have or to write their own message on.
Friends of Aidan described him as a positive and curious free spirit who always spoke his mind.
The festival continues throughout the weekend with music, shows, and more.