The colours of the rainbow were out in full force as hundreds came together to show support for the LGBTQ community.
For the second straight year, after a four-year hiatus, Pride YMM hosted a family friendly community gathering on Saturday.
Many people came out to enjoy the festivities and help set an example of unity with everyone.
“If it wasn’t for the community I wouldn’t be where I am today and I would have been a lot worse off,” said Cindy Rivers, Committee Member. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of this community.”
There were a lot of firsts for the local LGBTQ community.
Pride YMM decided to expand their festivities to a week’s worth of events – beginning on Monday. Keyano College also raised a rainbow flag for the first time in the school’s history.
“I think it’s been a great week for Fort McMurray and Alberta as a whole,” said Reagan Morris, Committee Member. “With Fort McMurray being such a fast-paced, work focused town – if we can show that we support the LGBTQ community for an entire week it should set an example to and the tone for all of Alberta.”
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Even with the continuing support, many still believe there still needs to be some growth.
Rivers tells Mix News while there is a lot of love across the municipality there is also hate.
“We’re definitely heading in the right direction and there are people here from all over, most people are from somewhere else and I find that actually helps with the inclusiveness, there’s a lot more acceptance that people think there is.”
Both Rivers and Morris hope events like this will encourage younger children who may be confused to be proud of who they are and know they have the supports they need.