After previous efforts to hold a Pride parade in Abbotsford were deterred by opposition, the first-ever Fraser Valley Pride will take place in the heart of B.C.'s Bible Belt this Saturday (May 25).
The event will begin at 3 p.m. with a walk from the Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road) to the Civic Plaza, where speeches will be made and a free barbecue will be held.
The event will continue on into the evening with a screening of Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth's documentary She's a Boy I Knew, about her gender transition, and a panel discussion about the Fraser Valley Youth Society.
The family-friendly event will include face painting, music, and door prizes.
In 2008, a Pride march by queer community members and allies was cancelled after facing opposition. However, the group marched instead to protest the school board's cancellation of a Social Justice 12 course that included gay content.
In subsequent years, Walk Away From Homophobia marches were held annually.
For more information, visit the Fraser Valley Youth Society website.