Raising the Pride flag in Carbonear
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.
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.