Fraser Valley Pride: Inaugural Pride march to be held in B.C.'s Bible Belt

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      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.

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      5 Comments

      Gina Williams

      May 24, 2013 at 2:22pm

      I live in Abbotsford and have to say I am glad to hear about the Parade. its about time

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      Shocked Person

      May 24, 2013 at 3:07pm

      I cannot believe this is happening in B.C.'s Bible belt. I look forward to seeing the shocked look on ignorant faces.

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      Trevor Taylor

      May 24, 2013 at 4:34pm

      I've never attended a Pride Parade before, but I'll be there tomorrow!

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      Don Wright

      May 24, 2013 at 9:58pm

      Readers are welcome to join Amnesty International members and supporters planning to walk in Abbotsford tomorrow, we'll be wearing Amnesty vests to show that LGBT rights are human rights.

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      cathy

      May 25, 2013 at 10:21am

      If the bible thumpers are successful in buying the Centre in downtown Vanocuver-thereby removing this venue for the arts and culture scene-maybe the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade needs to re-route past it and even hold a rally outside?

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