LGBT community holds awareness event in Yellowknife
Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:32 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T - Diversity in the Northwest Territories was on display Friday afternoon as the Public Service Alliance of Canada held a Pride event in downtown Yellowknife.
Hay River held a similar event last week, and on Friday, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Inuvik and Yellowknife did the same to raise awareness about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
P-S-A-C member Steve Peterson said Yellowknife is fairly progressive, but that isn't the case everywhere.
"We've got a fairly open society here, like they're pretty tolerant here in Yellowknife. But in other parts of the Territories, those that have a different lifestyle sometimes are discriminated against or ostracized. So we just want to highlight to the general public that that's not acceptable."
The Northern Territories' Federation of Labour was also involved, and their president, Mary Lou Cherwaty, said these types of displays are important for the community.
"We don't have the population base to do the big Pride parades like they do in Toronto or Vancouver but certainly Friday afternoon in front of the post office is about as big as it gets here in Yellowknife"
To observe the Pride event on Friday, the P.S.A.C was serving cake and fruit kabobs over the lunch hour and had a raffle draw to win a diamond.
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