This article was published on August 7th, 2010
Each year cities around the world host annual pride celebrations to raise awareness and to be part of the global movement for gay rights. Last weekend Vancouver took its turn.
For Vancouver’s Pride Society is the organization responsible for producing the Pride Parade, Pride Festival. Their mission:
The Vancouver Pride society brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free quality, inclusive events such as the Pride Parade & Pride Week Festival Events.
“Vancouver Pride gives people the opportunity to gather, be authentic without repercussion, and celebrate where we come from” said Vancouver Pride Society President, Ken Coolen.
Preston Parsons, one of the over 640,000 people who attended the 2010 Vancouver Pride festivities commented , “other places don’t have the freedom and it’s important we show our support to the international community.”
The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival were held on Sunday, August 1 in Vancouver’s West End.