What was once a simple BBQ to celebrate equality and solidarity has turned into a full weekend of festivities in Cranbrook.
The fifth annual pride weekend will be in the Key City on Friday and Saturday.
Cranbrook Pride Society coordinator Cameron Mei Rose says festivals like this help those who are afraid of being themselves.
“The numbers that come out to support makes it easier to come out [as LGBTQ].” explains Rose. “I know a lot of people aren’t out and when they look at how many people show up to these events they feel more comfortable with themselves and who they are and will be less afraid.”
Rose says the event started as a small BBQ and has grown every year since.
“The founder at that time was encouraged not to call it a pride event, but [rather] diversity.” says Rose. “We decided to go with the title ‘pride’ and there was quite a bit of acceptance in the community, a lot more than what some people would expect.”
Some activities include a family BBQ, a movie night and a drag show.
For a full list of events click here.
– Devin Howard
– Coordinator Cameron Mei Rose