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Aristotleded24
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Aristotleded24

We normally think of Pride events happening in big cities. However, in an effort to expand our understanding and experience of Pride, showing support for LGBQT who live in smaller communities, and maybe even dispel a few stereotypes about them, I thought I would start a thread about Pride events in smaller centres.

In particular, the small Manitoba city of Steinbach is having its [url=http://www.thecarillon.com/local/Pride-march-on-way-to-Steinbach-3801162... Pride parade next month.[/url] Why is this particularly noteworthy? Steinbach is in the heart of Manitoba's Bible Belt. A local pastor [url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/anti-bullying-bill-like-persecuti... headlines in his vocal criticism of the then-NDP government's anti-gay bulling bill[/url] and the local school division is being [url=http://www.winnipegsun.com/2016/06/20/hanover-school-division-faces-huma... for not having adequate policies to protect LGBQT children[/url] following a meeting where [url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/hanover-school-division-meeting-c... said crazy things.[/url] Brandon is also getting in on the Pride act and having its own Pride events.

So, other events happening in your small towns?

6079_Smith_W

Estevan and Weyburn are holding their first pride celebrations next week. Surprised me more than Steinbach, because they are further from any big city.

http://moosejawpride.ca/estevan-weyburn-celebrate-first-ever-pride-week-...

 

Mr. Magoo

This thread got me a bit curious about the small town I called home for a few years before leaving the nest, Dresden ON.

I didn't really expect there'd be a parade -- probably more people actually march in Toronto's parade than there are in Dresden in total, but I was happy to see that there's at least an LBGT organization out of Chatham that's making its existence known.

Small towns are so funny.  A bunch of muscley guys gyrating on a float would probably result in a mass bashing or worse.  But if two old "lifelong bachelors" decide to "share their living expenses", they might very well be the beloved neighbours that everyone turns to for tomato growing advice and suchlike.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The local Tory MP from Steinbach is asking for acceptance of his homophobia. Just like gay people have the right to be seen in public he has the right to proudly proclaim he hates gay people and would not support anything they do. 

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Conservative MP Ted Falk says he will not attend the first Pride Parade in Steinbach, Man., in July and is asking event organizers to respect his decision.

"I've been clear on this issue many times, and have made my position public on my values of faith, family and community," the member of Parliament for Provencher, a mainly rural riding in the southeast corner of Manitoba, said in an emailed statement Monday. 

"I will not be attending the Pride march taking place in Steinbach on July 9, nor do I intend to participate in any other events organized by this group.

"Just as I respect the right of people to participate in this event, I am hopeful the event organizers will be respectful of my choice, and the choice of many others, not to participate. Even without a scheduling conflict, my decision to not attend would be the same."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/steinbach-politicians-no-show-1st...

Mr. Magoo

Well, I suppose we can't really argue with his right to not support something he doesn't support.

But if I'm not mistaken, his first RSVP was that he'd already commited himself to attending TurnipFest or whatever.  And then, bless them, TurnipFest released him from his apparent legal obligations and said "no, go attend Pride because it's more important" and now he's on the spot.

Glad to see his honest Christian beliefs are nothing to be ashamed of, nothwithstanding the time he spent hiding behind TurnipFest, unwilling to mumble out loud that he was doing it to impress Jesus.

swallow

"Maria-Christine Bruce is the president of the Frog Follies Agricultural festival in St. Pierre-Jolys. She is calling on politicians to skip the event on July 9 and attend the Steinbach Pride parade instead." 

Which is pretty awesome. 

Mr. Magoo

Ya, I felt bad for glibly and lazily calling it the TurnipFest even as they raised the stakes and called.  HUGE hats off to them for having priorities.

quizzical

next week a proposal goes to Mayor and Council here for a dedicated rainbow crosswalk. the town had better show.

6079_Smith_W

Steinbach waffling on decision to deny Pride a parade permit because the cat ate it.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2016/06/22/steinbach-pride-parade-forced-onto...

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6079_Smith_W

Manitoba's top RCMP officer will attend Steinbach Pride and pledges to keep it safe.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-rcmp-steinbach-pride-par...

6079_Smith_W

Also in Steinbach:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/steinbach-pride-march-schattschne...

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"You have to support your kids," she said. "Your kids are your kids, and they're nobody else's."

 

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
Manitoba's top RCMP officer will attend Steinbach Pride and pledges to keep it safe.

">http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-rcmp-steinbach-pride-par...

By allowing the march down the street, they showed that they weren't copping out on the issue of safety to the participants.

Aristotleded24

[url=http://www.thecarillon.com/local/Thousands-take-in-Steinbachs-first-Prid...'s how things went down in Steinbach[/url]

What would Hephaestion say if he was here to see these developments in his home province?Frown

quizzical

the local government here should be receiving phone calls from across Canada. they're set to say No tonight to a rainbow crosswalk because it's too dangerous.

Mr. Magoo

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What would Hephaestion say if he was here to see these developments in his home province?

It's been a while now, but I seem to recall Heph was from BC, no?

voice of the damned

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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What would Hephaestion say if he was here to see these developments in his home province?

It's been a while now, but I seem to recall Heph was from BC, no?

I'm pretty sure he said he was originally from Manitoba. MAYBE from around the Brandon area, but I'm not certain about that.

Unionist

voice of the damned wrote:
Mr. Magoo wrote:

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What would Hephaestion say if he was here to see these developments in his home province?

It's been a while now, but I seem to recall Heph was from BC, no?

 

I'm pretty sure he said he was originally from Manitoba. MAYBE from around the Brandon area, but I'm not certain about that.

You're correct.

Hephaestion RIP wrote:
No, I don't miss Brandon at all.

Mr. Magoo

I stand corrected.

Heph on BC: "I came for the counterculture and the weed, but I stayed for the counterculture and the weed".

Okay, I made that up.  But Heph is why I always get a little worried when prolific posters suddenly stop being prolific.

quizzical

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Rainbow crosswalk drawn in chalk after Valemount council rejects proposal 'They defaced public property ... it was a rebellious act,' mayor says of rainbow crosswalk's supporters

thought i made a comment hmmm...

happy the CBC is covering this. it's bs.