Recognizing that Equality Matters
Hundreds attend dinner event in Port aux Basques
Despite strong winds that kept the ferry tied up since Friday evening and produced whiteout driving conditions, guests remained undeterred and the annual International Women’s Day Bread and Roses Dinner for 2017 went as
year’s theme was
why the Gateway Status of Women’s Council continues to push for equality for all, not just women.
According to members of the council, some progress has been made in the past year — things like establishment of safe access zones around health clinics.
Work also continues toward granting free legal advice for sexual assault complainants.
However, the highlight of event dinner was guest speaker Robyn Noseworthy, who talked about her own personal struggles for equality and acceptance.
There were emotional moments during her speech.
In tears at one point, Noseworthy told a gripping story about growing up gay in Gander and how that affected not only her relationships with close family members, schoolmates, and teachers, but how she felt ostrasized and fearful, a struggle for acceptance and equality that continues for LGBT youth.
Noseworthy says Port aux Basques has made her feel welcomed.
She started by paying compliments not only to the beauty of Port-aux-Basques and the friendly welcome of its citizens, but to its visible message of acceptance and movement Over 200 dinner guests braved bad weather to attend the annual Bread & Roses dinner at the Lions Club in Port aux Basques celebrating International Women’s Day.
towards equality for all. Noseworthy’s fears about moving from a city to a smaller community were allayed during her first visit when she spotted the rainbow crosswalk in front of St. James High School.
“I knew in that moment that I was going to be okay,” said Noseworthy. “I knew that this town was ready for me, and I knew that finally I was ready for you.”
Her heartfelt story drew a standing ovation from the evening’s 230 dinner guests, and concluded on a hopeful note with a simple, earnest message.
“Just make love accessible and you’ll see what it’s like to live without bounds.”
Guest speaker Robyn Noseworthy at the Bread & Roses annual dinner on March 5.