Grande Prairie will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia today.
In fact, some Swan City history will be made Wednesday morning.
“We’re starting it off with a proclamation that’s being done at City Hall, with Mayor Given and three of the council members at 11:00 a.m. It’s also the first time that the rainbow flag will be raised at City Hall in Grande Prairie,” said Jonathan Collins, President of the Gay and Lesbian Association of the Peace.
Collins went on to explain that they try and use the day to make their voices heard around the world.
“Not so much here in Canada, because we have a lot of equal rights for the LGBTQ community and individuals. [We do it] for individuals who are in Africa or Russia, where there’s a lot of oppression for the LGBTQ community. Raising awareness for the community is definitely a step in the right direction, and it’s why we do the day every year now.”
The day is recognized in more than 130 countries, including 37 countries where same sex acts are illegal.
At 6:00 p.m. there will be guest speakers, an open mic and a special viewing of the Canadian film Breakfast with Scot at the Collins Recital Hall at Grande Prairie Regional College. It’s free to attend.
This year’s theme is ‘Love Makes a Family’.