You've likely noticed the Airdrie City View logo is a colourful rainbow this week, and our front page story is about the work the Airdrie Pride Society (APS) is doing in our community. We even have a special Airdrie Pride section outlining some of the events happening this weekend. Our editorial team did this in an attempt to highlight a monumental occasion in Airdrie's history – a highly visible show of support and recognition for the impact those in the LGBTQ2S+ community have had on the world.
APS writes, "Pride month is an incredible time of year where inclusion, acceptance and celebration of the communities makes its way to the mainstream." It's a time of year where rainbows are displayed on flags, pins, household items and more. Even retail giant Walmart has Pride clothing on sale, including apparel for babies. To say Pride has gone mainstream is a fair statement.
However, Pride is borne out of protest, and it is important we remember that. It is celebrated each June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Even 50 years later, discrimination and fear remain.
"As a straight person, you can go through life never knowing the experience of worrying about getting arrested for who you love, losing your job over who you love or not being able to marry the person you love," ASP writes.
A Pride festival in Airdrie recognizes these issues persist and lets everyone know we will not stand for hate. We hope you, whether or not you count yourself as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, take time to recognize the significance of this historic event. If you choose not to celebrate, we hope you at least give the rest of us the space to do so.
Happy Pride, Airdrie.