Updated: Aug 24, 2019
Pride in our community.
Airdrie had its first Pride Festival and Solidarity Walk on June 22 and thanks to Airdrie Pride Society’s hard work and passion, what a glorious day it was. ☀️🌈
In my opinion this was by far thee best festival I’ve been to. The event saw hundreds if not thousands of p
eople from near and far come together... to share in the love, and to show love and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Seriously. Who wouldn’t want to feel all that positive energy? If we could only bottle that energy we’d be a rich society and I don’t mean financially.
People raised their rainbow coloured flags, hand written signs and donned clothes with messages of love and support. I met a mum, and a grandma & grandpa who were offering free hugs, so I took the opportunity to hug a stranger, because why not? We all need to have that human connection and there isn’t enough of it. The day brought many emotions that one wouldn’t expect and what good therapy. Hugs and conversations with our fellow humans sure lifts the spirits.
I couldn’t help but watch the youth interactions and their faces. They looked happy and comfortable in their surroundings. To be accepted for who you are and to feel that sense of belonging without judgement is what we strive for. For our children and for ourselves. It is encouraging to see that there is hope for the future.
We still have so much to learn from the LGBTQ+ community and events such as this get people talking and involved. Keep the conversations going, educate us as we are eager to learn.
Emotions are infectious. Let those emotions be love and not hate!
And as Martin Luther King Jr said.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
More love, less hate! #loveislove