Growing up in a small town in Nova Scotia, with 3,000 people and one stop light, I had never experienced a Pride event before. I had seen pictures and videos of friends who had went to them throughout Canada, but on Saturday it was my time to experience one.
Now, Pride North of 55 may not be exactly like Toronto or Vancouver Pride, but it’s Pride nonetheless, and I am so proud to say that Thompson is paving the way for rural Prides now.
On Saturday night at the Pride North of 55 dance social I had to stop and just take it in for one moment. A room full of rainbows, and balloons, and people being proud of themselves, and who they are. To top it off, it was an inclusive and non-judging environment, and it was breathtaking. Not to mention the fact that the MP for Churchill Niki Ashton was in attendance as well as our MLA Steve Ashton, showing that our government supports the LGBTQ community.
The Pride events this year were great, and I can only imagine what next year is going to bring, but until next year, I hope people will start accepting everyone for themselves every single day, and not just once a year.