The Labrador West Pride Committee hosted its second annual Pride Parade, with a weekend full of activities promoting awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (LGBT).
Poor weather was the likely reason for a smaller attendance than last year, but committee member Currina Freake said the weekend was a success, including Friday evening’s dance at the K-Bar.
“It went over really well,” she said. “It was a small crowd for the rainbow dance, but it was a good crowd and they were really enjoying themselves.”
The parade left the Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City Saturday afternoon and stopped at the town hall for a flag-raising ceremony.
Speeches were made by deputy mayor Peter Reccord, Wabush Town Coun. Colin Vardy, and RNC’s Inspector Paula Walsh.
“They showed how the town is supportive of events like this,” Freake said. “The youth of the community, whatever they’re going through or their sexual orientation, will have their support.”
On Saturday evening the party moved on to Tanya Beach for family-friendly games for kids, cake and drinks and prizes.
Recently committee members attended a Safe Space training seminar with other community members, where a variety of issues the LGBT community deals with are taught with the purpose of gaining a better understanding.
A Gay-Straight Alliance is also in the works at Menihek High School, where gay, straight and bisexual students can meet in judgment-free environment.
The committee of six is open to other members, with the option of remaining confidential. To help at future parades or events or volunteering at the schools, those interested can phone Ms. Freake at 280-5269.