Pride flag raised in the Municipality of Cumberland
The Municipality of Cumberland in partnership with Cumberland Pride held an official flag raising ceremony to celebrate Pride Week in the Cumberland region. This is the first time such a ceremony has been held to raise a special interest flag in the municipality.
“I am pleased to see the Municipality celebrating the diversity within our communities,” stated Warden Al Gillis. “I encourage all residents to participate in the many Pride Week events taking place throughout Cumberland County.”
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. Prior to this, homosexuality was considered a mental illness, and there were little to no protections for members of the LGBTQ2+ community against violence or discrimination.
“On behalf of the Cumberland Pride committee I would like to thank the Municipality of Cumberland for taking this huge and important step in raising the rainbow pride flag this year as a show of solidarity, and for their continued support of the LGBTQ2+ community,” said chairperson Emma Brown. “It is the ongoing support from our local communities that will continue to help us move forward in the fight for acceptance and equality.”
All three service centres in the Municipality of Cumberland will fly the Pride flag from June 11 to June 17. Other events in the municipality include a SWAG making night for youth in River Hebert on June 12 at 6 p.m. and a Colour Splash in Springhill June 13 at 4 p.m.
Cumberland Pride is a volunteer organization which has organized Pride Week with increased success for the last three years.
Pictured in the photo are (L-R): Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, MLA for Cumberland North, Joe van Vulpen, Deputy Warden for the Municipality of Cumberland and Brent Noiles from Cumberland Pride.