Forty people aged from six months to 85 years of age assembled at Sackville’s Town Hall this morning to kick off the third annual Sackville Pride Week, highlighting and celebrating the rights and struggles of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans people. Among the speakers at the event:

  • Wendall Hennan, spokesperson for Sackville/Amherst Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a support group that’s been working for more than twenty years to help community members to learn to accept the diverse sexual orientations of their friends and loved ones
  • Katie Clark, the new president of Catalyst, Mount Allison University’s queer-straight alliance that meets weekly and provides a forum for students and community members to feel supported and safe
  • Sackville’s poet laureate, Marilyn Lerch, performing her poem “the Rainbow Garden,” an original piece about the importance of “beauty, resilience, and resistance” in the defence of diversity
  • Mayor Bob Berry, reading the proclamation officially opening Sackville’s Pride Week

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