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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pride Flag Raised in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Event held Saturday at the Saugeen Shores Police Station

(Saugeen Shores Police Twitter Photo) 

The Pride Flag waves proudly in Saugeen Shores.

Celebrating Pride and the LGBTQ2+ community has become a tradition in Saugeen Shores with the annual flag raising ceremony at the Saugeen Shores Police Station, June 8. 

People of all ages came to the event that doubled as a fundraising BBQ for Saugeen Shores Pride and the Rotary Interact Club.

In a speech, Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) student and proud member of the school's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Abigail Keneer told everyone she was happy for their support, but says Saugeen Shores isn't perfect, admitting hate, discrimination and uninformed questioning still takes place.  

She was proud to say that she is happy and healthy. "I'm here with people who care about me and friends who care about me and a community that support me, and that's all that really matters,"

Keener says she is proud of those who attended and the community for honouring pride month with a capital 'P'.

"Whenever you think about what Pride is think of it as a big capital 'P'...that stand for I'm allowed to be myself. I'm allowed to be whomever I want to be ...and I'm allowed to love who I want to love."

Helping Keener raise the flag was Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Chief of Police Mike Bellai.

Charbonneau told the crowd that Saugeen Shores is a growing community and he hopes everyone that is a resident and a future resident can feel welcome, "no matter who they are and indeed no matter who they choose to love, they're welcome here. And that's why I'm proud to stand here today and raise the Pride Flag for a second time in Saugeen Shores."

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