Pride YMM is looking to put rainbow pride back to Fort McMurray.
Pride is being celebrated across Canada in June and it’s been a while since a mass celebration has happened here in the RMWB.
Breanna Wallace is a committee member for Pride YMM and she tells Mix News this is a chance for Fort McMurray to show how it can be open minded and embracive.
“We’re all human and we all just need to get along,” Wallace said. “There’s this huge stigma around LGBTQ right now and it’s not fair to those people. They almost feel uncomfortable coming and speaking out about who they are and being able to fully embrace it.”
After a four-year hiatus, Pride YMM is bringing celebrations back to Fort McMurray to help end discrimination of people in the LGBTQ community.
In 2013, a group of people stole two rainbow flags outside of Bailey’s Pub during the city’s first ever pride event and proceeded to set them on fire.
Wallace feels it’s time for us to erase the stigma.
“There’s this huge stigma for some reason. In Fort McMurray, for whatever reason, people are not as accepting as they should be. As I said before, we’re all just human. It’s not like anybody is any different. I just feel like having a pride celebration or a parade will help shift the community into that mindset.”
The gathering will be an opportunity for people – even if they don’t identify as LGBTQ – to discuss ways to create a more inclusive Fort McMurray.
Wallace assures that it will be fun for the whole family.
“Really, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s super exciting, all the events we’re having and all the support we have already gotten from various companies and committee members, people from all sorts of walks of life. It’s going to be awesome, it’s going to be a great experience for everyone.”
Pride YMM is also organizing a parade float to take part in this year’s Canada Day celebration and is still looking for volunteers.
Pride YMM’s celebration takes place on August 26th at the Jubilee Plaza.