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PROGRESS IN PRIDE
I just want to share with you something personal about what PRIDE means to me and why I live PRIDE every day of the year and why PRIDE is so important.
I saw this photo in one of the many news articles out there that have been covering the Candle Light Vigils and the messages of solidarity from cities across the world.
This is the High Level Bridge in my hometown, Edmonton Alberta. A major landmark in Edmonton. Along with the bridge the ATB Financial building on the edge of downtown, over looking the ravine and the city, are light up in the PRIDE colours.
This shows me we have made progress here; make no mistake we have a LONG WAY TO GO!
I took part in one of the first PRIDE marches in Edmonton. PRIDE started in the 80s, but the pride parade did not become a regular part of the festivities until the early 90s, after I had graduated from high school.
This march was a big deal. We, as an LGBT community, did not have protection under the law. We were legally discriminated against; fired from our jobs with no recourse.
We were beaten up and it was not a hate crime. Often it was just pushed under the rug or we were made to feel it was OUR fault.
I remember what it felt like to seek refuge in a night club; where I felt safe where I could be me without reprisal. I remember that hesitation when wanting to kiss my lover or hold his hand in public.
I even received retribution at home; my grandmother berated me for taking part in the parade. Being caught on the news cameras and bringing shame to the family.
Now look – the bridge is a rainbow!
Take that Grandma!
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