PG Pride President – ‘The Show Must Go On’
Prince George, B.C. – This weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando isn’t slowing down preparations for the Pride Prince George celebration scheduled for next month.
Pride president Stacey Hewlett says the “show must go on” noting more than ever it’s a time for the community to “come together.”
“This is our chance to show the world that we are a progressive community. We have a progressive council, a progressive mayor and we’re growing up. We’re not a little northern town anymore.”
That’s not to say she wasn’t devastated when she heard a lone gunman had killed 50 people and injured more than 50 others at a gay night club in Florida Saturday night.
“It’s absolutely devastating, it’s infuriating. I think a lot of emotions run through your brain. You’re obviously heartbroken but then anger sets in. Like how could this be happening in our day and age. It’s ridiculous to me.”
Hewlett notes Prince George has come a long-ways since it held its first parade 19 years ago and says it’s important to move forward.
“I wasn’t at the first few parades but from what I understand they were pretty scary. Lots of people lining the streets saying really negative things, throwing garbage.”
And though acceptance of the parade has improved drastically since then, does she have any safety concerns this year?
“This community feels safe for the most part. As safe as any community. I mean I certainly feel safe but you look at Orlando and you see that anything is possible unfortunately in our world.”
Pride festivities begin July 8th with the Pride Drag Show and continue July 9th with the Pride Day Festival and Parade.
For more information, check out their ‘Prince George Pride’ Facebook page or their website at the following link:http://prideprincegeorge.wildapricot.org/.