Celebrating PRIDE in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Derek Montague
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Residents gather at Kinsman Park for fifth ‘PRIDE in the Park’

The Safe Alliance, once again, put off a successful PRIDE celebration in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Jacinda Beals (right) and her niece Ondreya Beals share a hearty laugh during the PRIDE march.

On July 20, members of the LGBTQ  (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, and their supporters, gathered for the fifth annual PRIDE in the Park event.

The 2014 version landed on a nice, sunny, summer’s day. The mood was festive as roughly 30 people kicked off the event with a march down Hamilton River Road to Kinsman Park.

Even some passersby on the street joined in on the fun. People stopped their vehicles to take pictures, while others showed support by honking their horns.

For Denise Cole, a member of Safe Alliance and a key organizer of Pride in the Park, seeing the random participation was heartwarming.

“It makes all the hard work we've been doing worth it, and to know we aren't alone,” said Cole. “Perhaps people can't always attend events or walk with us, (but) the honking gives us hope that there is more support than sometimes is shown in participation numbers.”

“It was a day full of smiles and that, in a world that can sometimes be cruel to the LGBTQ community, means more than anything. We were happy and that's what this is all about, being positive and being ourselves.”

Once the marchers reached their destination, the festivities resumed at Kinsman Park. The rest of the afternoon was filled with games, entertainment and lots of food.

Seeing different members of the community celebrating together in the park made all the organizing efforts worthwhile for Cole.

“I was really pleased at how the community, volunteers, and sponsors came together to show support for the LGBTQ community in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” said Cole.

“I believe there is still more awareness needed and events like this give us an opportunity to celebrate and discuss the efforts still needed to be made. Education is key to helping those within the LGBTQ community feel safe and supported.”

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: Safe Alliance

Geographic location: Kinsman Park, Happy Valley, Goose Bay Hamilton River Road

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  • Robert Parker
    September 09, 2014 - 10:50

    @Diane, I have nothing against anyone who is LGBTQ, I just think that if one group gets a parade, everyone should get a parade.

  • Robert Parker
    September 09, 2014 - 10:45

    @Diane, I still don't see the need for a "Pride Parade". I have nothing against anyone who is LGBTQ. I just don't see the point of having a parade, if one group gets it the others should too.

  • Robert Parker
    August 04, 2014 - 08:52

    Still, wondering when the straight parade is...

    • Diane
      September 07, 2014 - 20:34

      The question “Why can’t we have a straight pride parade?” suggests that straight people are being deprived of something in some way. Life is a straight pride parade. Walk through a mall holding the hand of someone of the opposite sex. Will that generate a dirty look? Bring home someone of the opposite sex to meet your family. Will there be disapproval? Do you have to “come out of the closet” to announce you’re straight? My point is that heterosexual relationships are encouraged and accepted in society. And while there is more approval for LGBT relationships than in past decades, there is still not full tolerance and acceptance for those relationships in society.

  • Rbert Parker
    August 04, 2014 - 07:35

    So, what about the straight parade?

  • Robert Parker
    August 04, 2014 - 07:27

    So when is the straight parade?

  • Alicia Montague
    July 25, 2014 - 08:58

    It makes me so happy to see Pride and The Safe Alliance alive and thriving in Goose Bay. Anyone who knows me knows how rough my coming out was in 2004. Tough times. I'm glad that youth who come out now have a network and support system to call their own. It was long overdue. Happy Pride everyone!

  • Alicia Montague
    July 25, 2014 - 08:54

    It makes me so happy to see Pride and The Safe Alliance alive and thriving in Goose Bay. Anyone who knows me knows how rough my coming out was in 2004. Tough times. I'm glad that youth who come out now have a network and support system to call their own. It was long overdue. Happy Pride everyone!

    • Darrell
      July 28, 2014 - 08:55

      To Alicia.....I know a guy in Goose Bay who isn't Gay, but he wouldn't see a fellow stuck.