Spring­dale holds sec­ond an­nual Pride week cel­e­bra­tion

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - ADAM RAN­DELL CEN­TRAL VOICE

SPRING­DALE, N.L. — Com­pared to 2018, Pride Week in Spring­dale rolled out this year with a lot less hoopla.

The town’s sec­ond an­nual Pride Week got un­der­way June 6 with a procla­ma­tion sign­ing at the town hall.

In­dian River High School vice-prin­ci­pal Ruth Cameron, a teacher spon­sor of the school’s Gen­der Sex­u­al­ity Al­liance (GSA), said the goal be­hind the week is to build a mes­sage of ac­cep­tance and in­clu­sion in the cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­nity.

“It’s all about mak­ing sure there’s room in the world for ev­ery­one, that ev­ery­body can be kind and re­spect­ful to ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity,” Cameron told The Cen­tral Voice. “And I think that mes­sage is grow­ing.”

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tion came for­ward after the Town of Spring­dale twice turned down a re­quest for a rainbow cross­walk to be painted in the com­mu­nity. At the time, Mayor David Edi­son said the de­ci­sion was based on the town not want­ing to use pub­lic funds to pro­mote a par­tic­u­lar cause but planned to work with the GSA on a dif­fer­ent way to sup­port in­clu­sion.

The story re­ceived na­tional at­ten­tion and there was a back­lash of crit­i­cism di­rected to­wards the town.

Cameron said or­ga­niz­ers for this year’s Pride Week are try­ing to move be­yond that.

“We said back when all this was on the go that we would con­tinue to work with the town and we have,” she said, adding the work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the mayor, coun­cil and town staff has been pos­i­tive. “We are pleased there’s a sec­ond an­nual, and it’s look­ing to be an­nual from here on in,” she said. “It seems to be go­ing well, we’ve had a great re­sponse.”

Edi­son told The Cen­tral Voice the Town of Spring­dale is proud to be part of the sec­ond an­nual Pride Week cel­e­bra­tions.

How­ever, due to the me­dia at­ten­tion en­coun­tered last year, Edi­son said he would not be com­ment­ing fur­ther.

“It’s all about mak­ing sure there’s room in the world for ev­ery­one, that ev­ery­body can be kind and re­spect­ful to ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity.”

Ruth Cameron

In­dian River High School vice-prin­ci­pal

CON­TRIBUTED

Mayor David Edi­son raises the pride flag with Gen­der Sex­u­al­ity Al­liance (GSA) stu­dent leader Megan Pad­dock to of­fi­cially launch Spring­dale’s sec­ond an­nual Pride Week cel­e­bra­tions.

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