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Pride flags to fly at City of Red Deer rec facilities during June

Central Alberta Pride Society’s Pride Week to be held in August
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About 30 pride flags will fly outside the majority of Red Deer’s staffed recreational facilities this month. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

More than 30 pride flags will fly outside the majority of Red Deer’s staffed recreational facilities during June in recognition of Pride Month.

Barb McKee, city recreation superintendent, said the city is very focused on providing an inclusive environment for the entire community, including the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

“It’s to demonstrate and signal that our recreational facilities are safe places to come, and signal that we’re an ally,” McKee said.

“They are small measures that we’re taking, but we’re trying to take a lead and really demonstrate that welcoming and safe environment.”

It’s the first time the city has put up the flags at the facilities as part of Pride Month. Flags were being installed this week.

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In order to not conflict with pride activities in other communities, Central Alberta Pride Society will once again host its annual Pride Week in August. This year it will run from August 6 to 12.

The society is currently collecting donations for an online silent auction to raise money for Pride Week activities. The auction will run from June 15 to 30.

The society is also looking for event sponsors.

This year the drag show will be held in September so people who go on holidays in August don’t miss it.

Society president Lenny Gallant said Central Alberta has a good group of supporters, and after the pandemic, people are done with staying home.

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To donate items for Central Alberta Pride Society’s online auction email sponsorship@centralalbertapride.ca.



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Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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