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Pride flag raised in Quesnel for Pride Month

A rainbow flag is now flying at LeBourdais Park

A rainbow flag was recently raised at LeBourdais Park for Pride Month.

The LGBTQ+ community was supported by allies who gathered with them Wednesday, June 1, to mark the beginning of Pride Month.

Quesnel Pride Society president Alison Prentice was pleased with the turnout.

Among those in attendance were Lhtako Déne Nation councillors Raymond Aldred, Tim Michell and Wanda Aldred with band administrator Maynard Bara.

Quesnel City councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg was also present.

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“I’m really glad that everyone is here to help us start the month of pride, and our theme this year is we are not invisible,” Prentice said.

“It’s a reminder that pride is not just a celebration of how far we’ve come but it’s a reminder of far we have to go… It’s a protest against the things that are still anti-LGBTQ+, and unfortunately, in 2022, we still have this happening.”

While Prentice said there are things are still need to be done locally, especially when it comes to youth, Quesnel, for the most part, is accepting of the LGBTQ+ community.

Prentice said they are grateful for the support the Quesnel Pride Society has had since its inception and hopes it will continue.

The colorful flag branded with the Quesnel Pride Society logo was raised by society vice president Sue Hunt.

Prentice invites everyone to join them Saturday, June 11, for a pride parade starting at noon from city hall and ending at LeBourdais Park.

A youth and volunteer appreciation barbecue will also take place Friday, June 10, at the Billy Barker Casino Hotel.

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