Monday, July 27, 2015
Grand Falls - Windsor, NL to celebrate Pride Week - July 28
First of all, Status of Women's Central will be collaborating with the East Coast Trans Alliance (ECTA) to have a ceremonial 'flag waving' event at 12.15 pm at their office at 7B Bayley Street. The event will feature flag waving and photo ops with both rainbow and transgender flags. The event will include speeches from Women's Centre reps, ECTA's NL rep, Jennifer McCreath, who will travel from St. John's to emcee the events, and local GFW student and LGBT activist Cassondra Parsons (who made provincial headlines a few years ago by creating social media protest movement "Dunderdale Must Go"). A social event will occur after the ceremony with coffee and light snacks.
Secondly, at 2 pm, Town Hall, who has flown the rainbow flag for the past 9 days, with minimal fanfare, will commemorate Pride Week by lowering the flag. However, the key message will be that members of the town and province should keep LGBT issues in mind around the year, and not just during pride week. Deputy Mayor, Barry Manual, will join Jennifer McCreath and others, to commemorate this occasion. Afterwards, there will be a meeting open to the public in Town Hall's main boardroom, in which members of the local LGBT community, and their allies, will discuss the creation and launch of a permanent round-the-calendar entity that will exist to provide educational information and social support to LGBT community members. This new group has also set up a new Facebook page in hopes of reaching more members of the community. The page is listed at this address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GFW-Pride-Day/945857612122089 .
Jennifer, a candidate in the next Federal election in the riding of Avalon, for the new political party Strength In Democracy, and the first openly-trans person to ever run in a Federal election, says she is extremely excited to see the continued support and growth for LGBT issues among GFW residents and allies, "The good folks at the Women's Centre and at Town Hall are genuinely more than happy to be a part of Pride. GFW is a wonderful town that is open and accepting of diversity of all types. It will be an honour to share in their celebrations," said McCreath.
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