Cranbrook Pride says there’s still more work to be done to ensure everyone is welcome in the community, regardless of sexual orientation.
This as Gay Pride Month is in full swing, recognizing the impact LGBTQ people have on a world stage.
Co-Chair Gary Dalton says support for the LGBTQ community has grown in recent years.
Dalton says suicide and depression have been a huge issue among young people in local schools over the past 20 years.
He says its important the dominant culture steps back a little bit, allowing the complete culture to shine and be supported.
“When the first Pride barbeque happened six years ago, there were about 200 people that attended, but most of them were college and high school students,” Dalton says. “Many of the older community have found a way to exist and thrive in this community, without necessarily shaking the radar at all.”
Cranbrook Pride will host a youth movie night at the College of the Rockies Friday, June 8th at 6:30 pm.
Following that, the group will be holding a Pride in the Park family event in Rotary Park Saturday, June 9th.
There will also be a professional drag show happening at Dewey’s Pub and Grille at 10 pm Saturday night.
– Cranbrook Pride Co-Chair, Gary Dalton