With June being Pride Month, Airdrie’s Pride Society has a few events planned to celebrate.
Kiersten Mohr, the President of the Airdrie Pride Society, says the goal of the society is to give 2SLGBTQ+ individuals a sense of community.
“Airdrie Pride is really about trying to make sure that individuals in the community can find their community without leaving their community. We're continually trying to put in place programs and support for anybody in the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”
According to Mohr, that support can look like support groups, social gatherings, and connecting people together.
Mohr says they recently did something very new.
“Last weekend, on the fourth, we actually did Airdrie’s first queer prom in partnership with Boys and Girls Club Airdrie and it was a huge success. We had all our tickets spoken for. We kicked pride month off with that event.”
According to Mohr, the next things on their agenda are the Solidarity Walk and Pride Festival on June 18.
“The Solidarity Walk will start at city hall at 11 am. We will walk to Nose Creek Park where we will raise the pride flag. Then, for the rest of the afternoon till about 4:30 pm, will be our Pride festival. We've got a whole bunch of entertainment lined up and we've got a lot of organizations that will have booths and food trucks.”
Mohr says the solidarity walk is a big part of the society and its values.
“We really want it to be about people supporting people. We want to go back to what pride is about. We asked folks to just come and walk in solidarity with the community and then take a moment to acknowledge some of the challenges and barriers that still exist for different groups within the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”
Airdrie City Hall will be lit up in the pride colours on June 18.
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