Raina Johnson, left, and Macey McMillen took to the podium to say a few words during a flag ceremony at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday in honour of Pride Week. The ceremony was part of Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride” march which took place earlier that day.
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Labour groups showed their support of Borderland Pride's 2018 Pride Week, including these two men who crossed the International Bridge on Saturday holding a Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) banner.
Speakers and worship participants from surrounding “affirming” churches delivered various segments of the service on Sunday, including Rev. Frances Flook, left, and Doug Judson who each spoke during the opening litany which described the different colours of the rainbow and what each represents.
Christine Jourdain, left, and Shane Guimond from Couchiching First Nation showed off their Pride colours on Saturday at the Fort Frances Civic Centre after taking part in the “Passport to Pride” march, where over 200 people crossed the International Bridge. Jourdain also held the Two-Spirit flag which represents LGBTQ2 members of the Indigenous community.
It wasn't just the sizeable attendance at the Fort Frances Civic Centre that had an impact in this years' inaugural “Passport to Pride” march and Pride Week.
The speeches made during the flag ceremony, as well as online, by local community leaders and members, and by Canadian dignitaries, showed the impact that Pride celebrations have in even the smallest communities.
Some feel that a member of the LGBTQ2 community also cannot be a member of the faith community because of “traditional” messages and teachings.
But, that's not the case.
A few local churches here are showing the community that a person can truly be who they are, while also practicing their faith.
Borderland Pride made history this weekend when over 200 people crossed over the International Bridge as part of the “Passport to Pride" march in celebration of the inaugural 2018 Rainy River District and Koochiching County "Pride Week.”
Though the mercury was high, the weather could not have been better for the first-ever event.
Gerber's Mini-Mart opened for the season today, quickly attracting a small group of customers for the locally-produced and sourced, jams and bread. Rebecca, left, Abigail and Joshua Gerber were minding the shop that is now open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Canadian Tire parking lot. Some of the fresh produce available include onions, beans, carrots, potatoes, herbs and broccoli.
Winnipeg drag queen Prairie Sky read a story by her uncle Leo Yerxa entitled, “Ancient Thunder," at the Drag Queen Story Hour & Craft Time event held at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday afternoon as part of "Pride Week.” Lady Quinnzarr, Pharoah Moans and Vida Lamour were also in attendance, each reading children's storybooks to the group.
Over 200 people marched across the International Bridge on a hot and sunny Saturday morning for Rainy River District and Koochiching County's inaugural “Passport to Pride" march. The march was led by high school students Raina Johnson and Macey McMillen, who carried the "Pride" banner.