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Jessica Austin
StThomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance STERA Celebrates Pride 2018

St.Thomas - Elgin - July 9, 2018 - Pride is a celebration of diversity and equality, a day when everyone can express who they truly are. "To build healthy communities we need to respond and connect to all of our members through appreciation and respect that we all have the right to be our true selves - individuals." Jessica Austin, Health Promoter with Southwestern Public Health shares. "Within these differences we can ground into the fact that we are all human. We all make mistakes, inspire others and are inspired by others, but most of all, we are all capable of love! This Pride week, and for the future of our community it is through these events and conversations we can start to grow stronger together." Austin envisions as a goal for our local events.

Pride events although originated in taking a stand against homophobia and hate crimes, has expanded based on the lived experiences and complexity of layered oppression for minority people within the Rainbow community. This has led Pride to a movement that takes a stand against all forms of oppression (ie; Queers against Racism; Two-Spirit, Aboriginals; People with disabilities: Also here & Queer; LGBTQ Seniors & youth groups). "The St Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance holds Pride Week events across Elgin to help build a community where people feel safe to be who they are." Maggie Trevitt, Communications Lead for the St. Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance states. "As a committee, we are working together with people in the community who have a vested interest in LGBTQ2S+ equality."

In Elgin-St. Thomas, Pride is celebrated the week of July 23-29th in alignment with London Pride festivities. Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation and connect at any of the events this Pride week.

Events happening:

July 23rd - Flag Raisings
Aylmer Town Hall - 10am
St.Thomas City Hall - 1pm

July 25th - Flag Raising and BBQ
West Elgin Community Health Centre - 12:30pm
Hamburgers/Hotdogs and beverages for purchase

July 27th - Pride in the Park BBQ
Pinafore Park -11:30am-3:30pm
Hamburgers/Hotdogs and beverages for purchase
FUN for the whole Family!

July 29th - Pride London Parade
Come walk with us in the parade or enjoy the day watching! Floats meet at the Western Fairgrounds for a 12:30pm parade start.

The St. Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance (STERA) is a community led group that meets every Wednesday from 6-7pm at the Central Community Health Centre. It is open to any member of the public interested in advocating, planning & promoting events for Rainbow education, awareness, acceptance and inclusion.

For more information or to connect with STERA visit the St.Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance facebook page or www.STERA.ca

Last Updated: Monday, 09 July 2018 16:06:58 PM EST

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