Once again this year an event to bring the local LGBTQ+ community and its friends and allies together will be held at Grace United Church in Springdale.
It is an event to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.
The first service of its kind in Springdale was held on the evening of May 17th, 2017. A group students from Indian River High School walked from the school to Grace United where they, and members of the public, received a warm welcome. A service celebrating inclusion, understanding and friendship followed.
The evening was organized by Grace United and Ryan Reid.
A favourite quote from last year’s service comes from Ryan Reid’s speech:
“We are people. We are your children, your grandchildren, your kid’s teacher, your co-worker […] we are among you…”
This year’s upcoming Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia service at Grace United will no doubt carry extra significance. As most locals know, Springdale recently fell into a national spotlight after the Town Council turned down a request for a rainbow coloured crosswalk. A rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, and inclusion.
If you would like to show your warm colours, the second annual ‘International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia service will be in Grace United Church on June 6th, 2018, at 7:00 pm. There will be song and friendship, and refreshments downstairs afterwards.
Grace United Church is located on Main Street in Springdale, next to The Source.
Read about the 2017 service on greenbayfeed.com:
Why The ‘Day Against Homophobia’ Matters Here
[Top photos are from the 2017 service]