While Regina’s Pride celebrations kicked off last Friday, things became official as the Rainbow Pride Flag was raised in front of City Hall Monday morning.
Dozens of people showed up alongside Mayor Michael Fougere and the Regina Police Service’s Deputy Chief Dean Rae to watch the ceremony — including Dan Shier, co-chair of Regina Pride.
Shier says the flag celebrates togetherness, and to have it waving in front of City Hall just confirms how valuable the relationship is between the LGBTQ community and the City of Regina.
Fougere says having the flag raised in front of City Hall symbolizes the city’s inclusiveness.
“City council and the citizens of Regina very much want to be an inclusive, tolerant and understanding community that respects human rights and people being individuals for who they are,” said Fougere.
Since Monday marks one year since the shooting in a gay night club in Orlando, Shier adds that having the LGBTQ community stand together is powerful.
“It shows that our community — no matter what comes at us — is able to get back up and show everyone that we’re strong together and we are here to support eachother,” said Shier.
“We Are Connected” is the theme of Regina Pride this year.
Shier says it symbolizes the many ways the LGBTQ community is connected to other causes and movements fighting for human rights and a voice.
Pride events are being held in more than 12 Saskatchewan communities this year — including Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Estevan, Humboldt and Weyburn.