Fort McMurray will be flying the rainbow flag this week in celebration of Pride 2018.
For the second year, Pride YMM is bringing back festivities to bring together people of all ages, gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations.
Pride YMM committee member Cindy Hann tells Mix News the celebrations are a great way to bring the community together.
“A lot of people in the LGBT community I feel and know they feel alone and it gives them a sense of community, friendship and love and knowing that it’s not just hate getting spread. It gives them somewhere safe to go and a place to enjoy the community and be who they are.”
The first pride event in four years was held last August at Jubilee Plaza – where hundreds of people gathered in an effort to help end discrimination of people in the LGBTQ community.
This year’s festivities are expanding to a week’s worth of events – beginning Monday.
Hann says while there have been improvements in inclusion for the RMWB – she feels more still needs to be done.
“More visibility and definitely education. People need to be more educated on what Pride celebrations are about and what the LGBT community is about. There are still a lot of misconceptions and in my opinion, some education is definitely still needed.”
There will be all sorts of fun events through the week – such as drag bingo, drag karaoke – leading up to the main pride event – which will feature music, food and other entertainment.
In addition, the Pride After Party will take place Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Sunday, Pride YMM will be celebrating its “Big Gay Royal Brunch” at Stonebridge Hotel, complete with a drag show.
Hann feels the headline celebration will be a good chance for some to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
“It’s a great place to get an education if you’re unsure. If you’re looking to become an ally to the LGBT community, there are going to be some great resources and excellent educational pieces.”
The Pride YMM Celebration takes place on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at Jubilee Plaza.