Rais­ing the Pride flag in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Even with a small crowd, the Car­bon­ear Pride flag rais­ing cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Oct. 9 was quite suc­cess­ful, ac­cord­ing to those in attendance.

Re­gional co-or­di­na­tor for the Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive, Stacy Har­ris, was the first to take the podium at the event.

She told the group about the mean­ing of the rainbow flag — ac­cep­tance and cel­e­bra­tion of dif­fer­ences.

Har­ris even gave a short his­tory les­son on what each colour on the flag means: • Red — life; • Orange — heal­ing; • Yel­low — sun­light; • Green — na­ture; • Blue — seren­ity; • Vi­o­let — spirit. The Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive has been a driv­ing force in the re­gion for preven­tion of vi­o­lence and prej­u­dice against groups of all types, in­clud­ing the LGBT com­mu­nity. Deputy Mayor Frank Butt and Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Sam Slade were also on hand to talk to the group. Each fo­cused on the im­por­tance of ac­cep­tance of all mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties.

After the brief speeches, ev­ery­one went out in the rain to watch the flag get hoisted up in front of town hall, where it will re­main un­til Mon­day, Oct. 13.

Wait­ing inside was a se­lec­tion of fruit trays, juice and a large cake with the rainbow flag on it.

Sev­eral passers-by took some of the items Har­ris had brought with her to raise aware­ness, in­clud­ing pens, rainbow bracelets, lan­yards and other items.

This event fol­lows two other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion to raise a Pride flag this year. Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace held cer­e­monies this sum­mer.

Any­one who would like more in­for­ma­tion on Pride or other events the Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive ar­ranges can visit their Face­book group ti­tled Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence or call 597-3161.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

The Pride flag flies high in front of the town’s large clock. Some in attendance said it was sym­bolic for, “time for change.” LEFT: Car­bon­ear Deputy Mayor Frank Butt (right), Car­bon­earHar­bour Grace MHA Sam Slade (cen­tre) and Stacy Har­ris of the Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive help hoist the Pride flag at Car­bon­ear town hall Thurs­day, Oct. 9.

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