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Why a rainbow banner?

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The Bulletin has traded its usual red banner for a rainbow today, to commemorate the launch of Pride month, recognized internationally in the month of June.

Pride is held around the world, in honour of the 1969 Stonewall riots, in which patrons and supporters of New York’s Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist police harassment and persecution. More than 50 years later, Pride continues to work towards achieve equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ2 community.

Although sexual orientations and gender expression are legally protected in Canada and Ontario, according to Egale Canada, discrimination and harassment are ongoing.

Pride is usually marked with parades, parties and other fun community events. Because of COVID-19, large public gatherings aren’t possible, forcing Pride indoors. But that doesn’t mean Pride has become invisible - Borderland Pride, the organization which organizes Pride events each year, is asking residents in the area to show their acceptance of the LGBT2 community by decorating their homes and businesses.

Watch our pages throughout the month of June for stories, pictures and information about Pride in our community. If you have a story you’d like to share, call us at 274-5373, or e-mail tips@fortfrances.com. We’d love to see your pictures, too. e-mail pictures of your household showing its pride to tips@fortfrances.com.

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