Sent from Renfrew Pride
Response requested by October 12
A beacon in the dark.
It’s Renfrew Pride’s goal to create a safe space for everyone in our community to be their authentic selves and to live their life in the light. We are a volunteer-run organization, working to create a safe and inclusive community for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The reality is, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, non-binary and others on the LGBTQ rainbow often face bullying, rejection, violence and discrimination at school, at home, at work and in the community.
Studies show that homophobia and transphobia lead to increased risk of self-harm, drug use and homelessness in the LGBTQ population. Supportive environments are essential for the mental and physical wellbeing of LGBTQ youth and adults.
As a community we can take action. This year’s Pride events were a great example. Our town raised the rainbow flag and we welcomed more than 200 people to Low Square for a family friendly picnic, story time with a Drag Queen and fun games for the kids. Our Queer Pride Prom was the first of its kind in the Valley and attracted folks from across the county as well as Ottawa and we even had guests from as far as British Columbia.
Interesting fact, the couple from BC was optimistic our Queer Pride Prom idea would make its way west. They said there was nothing like that in their area.
As a candidate for Mayor or Town Councillor, please tell us how you will help create a safe and inclusive community for all. We respectfully ask that you answer the following questions and feel free to add your own comments. We’ll share your responses on our Renfrew Pride Facebook page and with PFLAG Renfrew County’s website and group.
Please email your response to email@example.com by October 12. We recognize this is rather short notice and we appreciate your feedback.
1. Would you support a rainbow sidewalk in Renfrew, the first of its kind in Canada?
2. How can the Town of Renfrew work with us to promote and expand the annual Pride events to attract even more participants from Renfrew and across Renfrew County?
3. Do you have any other ideas or comments about how we can create a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ youth and adults?
Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.
Chris Kyte (She/Her)