Educate Liberate Celebrate Gay Pride

Pride Society 2009This weekend is the Pride Parade in Vancouver! August 2nd to be exact for those of you who would like to take in the festivities.  I have attended in the past and it was one of the most colourful events I have EVER attended.  The ‘Cher‘ quality costumes are eye candy for the fashion lovers out there!  What I loved most was that everyone was having the time of their life and living their lives authentically and so out the closet they were in the front yard !!

The Vancouver Pride Society is proud of their theme for the 2009 to 2011 Pride seasons: Educate, Liberate, Celebrate.

Thirty one years ago, a group of brave individuals took to the streets of Vancouver.  This was a march to educate Vancouverites that the LGBT Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) was here.  They are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, next-door neighbours and colleagues.  They are as much a part of the diversity of this amazing city as all the other cultures.  The march was met with opposition and resistance, but that did not deter these brave leaders of our community.pride flag

Pride celebrations across the country have become a gathering of people from all walks of life. This is a time when their diversity is celebrated openly.  This celebration is a place where people can come and express themselves freely without fear of retribution.  A place for people to feel PROUD!

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If you have never attended a Pride event in the past then there is no better time than this weekend.  All you really need to bring is a smile 🙂 !

Tracy

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6 thoughts on “Educate Liberate Celebrate Gay Pride

  1. I wish I was going to be in Vancouver and could attend the parade this year.
    I think we get closer and closer each year to complete acceptance and when we are finally there diversity will be celebrated every day.

  2. Hi…. I’ve attended many times and brought my kids & friends… its a hoot… Take some time and make the effort to go. It starts at noon… get there early, bring a camera… your smile will naturally appear without your control and DO wave… You’ll see all ages and every ethnic group… and some from cultures where this event, expression or attendance is against the law… If you want to create one of those unique memorable moments…GO… I Love Canada.

  3. I’ve never attended the parade, but then again, I’ve never done the Sun Run or gone to English Bay for the fireworks.
    I think all of these events are terrific for Vancouver and really showcase what Canadians are all about and I’m proud to call this city my home.
    I hope it’s another huge success!

  4. Go Tracy!

    My former business partner and I met with our accountant in April. I saw first hand how unfair the laws are (in California). He and his husband are legally married, but being that it is not recognized on a federal level, they were unable to take advantage of the tax breaks offered to heterosexual married couples. It was difficult to sit there and watch as it was all being explained to them. It was so unfair, I kinda felt ashamed that just because I happened to be born hetero – I would be awarded benefits that these two wonderful people were not allowed to enjoy. They are kind, hard working and want to adopt children in need of a home…yet unable to file their taxes jointly. tsk tsk. BUT, this parade sounds like a good time to recognize those who have opened their minds and hearts and changed the way they were taught to feel about homosexuality. There is a lot of hope to be had for progress here 🙂

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