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August 15, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Members of Fierté Simcoe Pride, and local councillors, raised the ‘#Pride’ flag at the Town of New Tecumseth municipal office on August 9, in honour of #FSP2017 day. In all, 19 flags were raised throughout the County during Pride Week in support of Fierté Simcoe Pride and its objectives. The theme of this year’s Pride Week was ‘Create’. “We are asking people to engage in a conversation about how you can continue to empower and support the local LGBT community,” said Brandon Rhèal Amyot, Incoming President of Simcoe Pride. The flag raising was originally scheduled for the week before, but in response to Deputy Mayor Jamie Smith’s sudden passing it had been rescheduled. “Deputy Mayor Smith was a big supporter of the LGBT community in New Tecumseth,” said Ward 2 Councillor, Michael Beattie. “I know he is here today with us in spirit.” Town of New Tecumseth Mayor, Rick Milne, was unable to attend, but declared August 9th as Simcoe Pride Day in New Tec. Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) formed in May of 2012 as a small grassroots volunteer group aiming to unite people in Pride across the county. As an organization, FSP continues a long tradition of LGBT organizing in Simcoe while working with other organizations, groups, and partners to build community. The vision of its founders is to promote safe and inclusive communities throughout Simcoe County and support and unite the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Allied (LGBTA) community. Pictured, from left: WArd 5 Councillor Donna Jebb, Ward 3 Councillor JJ Paul Whiteside, Ward 1 Councillor Marc Biss, Brandon Rhèal Amyot, Andrew Baker, Founder of Simcoe Pride and Past President, Ward 2 Councillor Michael K Beattie.

Photo by Wendy Gabrek

         


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