Community members form Airdrie Pride committee
By: Sara Wilson
| Posted: Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 12:03 pm
An Airdrie Pride Day or pride events could be in the works, as members of the community are gathering together Nov. 23 to form an Airdrie Pride committee.
What began as a idea on Twitter, with residents discussing National Coming Out Day - an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, coming out regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity - which took place on Oct. 11 has transformed into local residents wanting to do more to support people in their community.
“We (felt we) should do something a bit larger and see if there was interest in a Pride event or a Pride Day or something so that we can encourage the LBGT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) that they are welcome and there is support for them in this community,” Rev. Dave Pollard pastor at the United Church said.
As for what that group is hoping to achieve, Pollard says the options are limitless.
“I’m not really sure, other than starting the conversation on Saturday (Nov.23) and exploring what’s realistic for a day or event,” he said.
Pollard said that will be a “core group” of six to 10 people, and some City of Airdrie aldermen have shown support for the group.
“I know that some of the councillors are busy that weekend, but certainly (Fred) Burley and (Darrell) Belyk are supportive of the idea as are (Kelly) Hegg and (Ron) Chapman,” He said.
“I don’t think (Allan) Hunter will be coming but he is certainly supportive of the group.”
Anyone who is interested is welcome to participate in the discussion, Pollard said.
“Those that want to come out and welcome all people into the community and talk about who we are, are welcome because that’s what my understanding of what Pride is,” Pollard said.
“I’m hoping other people will feel the same way. Anyone can come out if they are positive ideas (to share).
The group will meet at the United Church on 216 1 Ave NE at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 23.