As other northwestern Ontario municipalities strike down Pride events elsewhere in the region, Rainbow Alliance Dryden is still moving ahead with Pride plans for June.

June is recognized as LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month in the City of Dryden and events will be running for the fourth annual year in the community, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice-chair of the alliance, Amanda Nisula, confirmed that the City of Dryden will be flying the Pride flag outside of City Hall throughout June, and Rainbow Alliance Dryden will be hosting virtual events throughout the month.

The first event begins today at 1 p.m., where city staff and Rainbow Alliance Chair Catherine Kiewning will be raising the Pride Flag at City Hall, and residents are invited to watch the ceremonies virtually.

The link can be found at Rainbow Alliance Dryden’s Facebook page. Nisula adds that more events and watch parties are expected throughout the month, and updates will be posted on the alliance’s Facebook page.

The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ2S+ Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June of 1969. Police raided an LGBTQ2S+ bar in New York City, sparking six days of riots and protests. The incident served as the catalyst for the gay rights movement in North America.

Earlier this week, municipal councillors in Emo once again denied a request to recognize June as Pride month in the community, despite a 1,739 signature petition.

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