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2013-06-04 at 14:14

Inaugural parade

By Jamie Smith,
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Red River Road is about to get a lot more colourful.

For the first time ever, Thunder Bay will host a pride parade on June 15. From Waverly Park to the waterfront, the parade is a key part of Pride Week in the city which kicked off Tuesday morning with a flag raising at city hall.

“We’re really excited to be able to do that,” Thunder Pride co-chair Cynthia Olsen said of a pride tradition that has been celebrated in major cities the world over for more than 40 years.

“Bring out your pride flags, bring out your banners…wear bright colours, dress up and have fun.”

Now in its third year, Thunder Pride is a way for the LGBT to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in the city. And, if pride festivals like those in Toronto are any indication, a way to have a lot of fun.

Olsen said Thunder Pride participation last year doubled from the previous year.

“We know that we’re becoming a big part of Thunder Bay culture in the summer,” she said.

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Daxxis says:
That's encouraging. Congrats!
6/4/2013 3:22:19 PM
Anemki says:
I am an outspoken mother of rainbow son and daughter, my only two children. I am so excited to see an inaugural parade announcement. I will be there with all the bells and whistles supporting my children and the LGBT Community with pride whole heartedly.
6/4/2013 3:46:28 PM
Escroft says:
I, too, am a proud supporter of the LGBT community. I hope this leads to many more and hopefully, one day, the prejudice and hostility towards these groups can be put to rest and we can all stand side by side as equals.
6/4/2013 5:01:10 PM
greenjellybean1975 says:
I wish I was going to be in town for this. I think it would be a great way to teach my sons to support people who are celebrating being proud of who they are! Sadly, we have a family engagement out of town and are going to have to miss it.
6/5/2013 12:41:29 AM
Knauffer says:
One thing this city needs above all else is more inclusion and tolerance. Awesome!!!!
6/5/2013 8:19:22 AM
Baor says:
Why does one need a parade to celebrate a sexual orientation? As people from this community were born this way as they rightly point out, why the need to let everyone else know. One's sexual orientation is none of my business and I fail to see why I or anyone has to be made aware of one's sexual preference through such an overwrought and overdone public display.
I am an anti-theist, I don't believe in anything other than science and as such, am fully aware of the existence of homosexuals. Does society really care anymore? Does Thunder Bay really need to jump on this bandwagon?
6/5/2013 7:07:24 PM
tsb says:
Pride is about showing that we're not ashamed of who we are.

People try to push us back into the closet, or erase our experiences, and we're not going to let that happen again. If you're not comfortable with it, don't go.
6/6/2013 9:52:29 PM
Baor says:
You are doing what many do when someone questions something, that is assume I'm not comfortable with it. I have gay and lesbian friends who ask the same thing as me. I'm simply asking why the need? I would like to think that we are far beyond holding a parade about one's sexuality of all things. Nothing more, so relax.
6/7/2013 2:12:32 PM
TBinTO says:
You said yourself in your first message that you aren't comfortable with people declaring their sexuality. Since this is the first pride parade in Thunder Bay, how can it possibly be overwrought and overdone? You ask "Does society care anymore?" -- you've answered that question yourself -- yes, it cares, as you have cared enough to express your opposition. I feel sorry for your so-called gay and lesbian friends.
6/9/2013 2:46:05 PM
tsb says:
The parade isn't about sexuality. Sexuality is simply the reason we, as a group, were oppressed for so long.

The parade is to show that we, as human beings, will not allow the misdeeds of others to hold us back from living life to the fullest. We are not going to live a life of shame and fear. We are going to be open, and we are going to be proud of it. That is what pride is about: overcoming oppression and shame. It has nothing to do with sex.

Heterosexuals are the only ones making it about sex all the time. I sometimes think that straight men think about gay sex more than gay men do because as soon as the words "gay" or "pride" are mentioned, it's all you can think about!
6/9/2013 9:31:47 PM
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