Springdale holds second annual Pride week celebration
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.”
Indian River High School vice-principal
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.