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Altona will host its first pride parade; however, some people are opposed to the event

Some are opposed to Altona's inaugural pride parade.

Key Takeaways:

  • For the first time in the town’s history, Altona will hold a pride parade, but not everyone is excited about the idea.
  • Wohlgemut also reminded people that the town approved the parade, which meant that police would be on hand to protect those who came.

Altona will host a pride parade for the 1st time in the town’s history, but not everyone is enthusiastic about the notion.

The event will be hosted by Pembina Valley Pride on Saturday and will be the organization’s inaugural parade.

“I think that’s tremendously essential,” Pembina Valley Pride president Peter Wohlgemut said. “Members of the rainbow community will get the opportunity to see their support in action. It will also be a chance for our supporters to demonstrate their solidarity.”

At 1 p.m., the festivities will begin with a flag-raising as well as a greeting from the mayor. Around 2:00 p.m., the procession will begin with a march to Centennial Park.

One lady, who did not want to be identified for fear of jeopardizing her and her family’s safety, said she is very excited to visit the event this year and hopes to bring her wife and children.

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“Having representation is crucial – not just for me, but for our children and our community,” she stated.

Despite the enthusiasm of some community members, it is not shared by all. ‘Why Altona Shouldn’t Have a Gay Pride Parade,’ wrote a clergyman in the area in a blog post.

“Having a gay pride parade so is to celebrate as well as promote sin,” one blog post stated.

“A gay pride parade is a celebration and promotion of a few things God claimed caused the land to become unclean, causing its residents to vomit. We must not invite God’s wrath by encouraging and glorifying sin, “another line said.

CTV News contacted the pastor for additional comment but did not receive a response.

According to the woman who talked with CTV News, people are entitled to their opinions, but those who oppose the march can simply ignore it.

“I don’t attend church to protest since I’m not religious. I simply hoped they would leave us alone. You are not obligated to participate if you do not agree. You don’t have to agree with it, and you don’t have to respect it; simply let us live our lives, “she stated.

Some are opposed to Altona's inaugural pride parade.
Some are opposed to Altona’s inaugural pride parade. Image from TheLocalreort

Wohlgemut stated that they are unconcerned about such remarks because the march has received much community support.

“I know as a truth that there are pastors and also many Christians in the neighborhood who have publicly stated that they support the rainbow community as well as that they are welcome,” they claimed. “Others will always be present, but they do not represent the entire population. My advice to our participants when we have our parade and march will be to stay out of it. This event is about our community, the rainbow community, or if there are others, they don’t have a right to an audience. They have a right to their opinions but don’t have a right to be heard.”

Wohlgemut also reminded people that the procession had the town’s approval, which means police would be present to safeguard those who attended.

Those opposed to the procession, she said, should learn more about the community before casting fear or judgment.

“Once you understand and know us, you may even come to love us,” she added, “opening your heart to that generates a whole different form of love you can’t even understand until you get there.” “We’re tranquil, and all we want is for love to triumph, for us to survive and be safe, and for our children to no longer have to worry about us.”

Education, according to Wohlgemut, is a terrific approach to help others understand and support the rainbow community.

“At the United Church in Altona, I led a session. We had several folks present with many questions, and we had some great dialogues, open discussions, and learning opportunities. And I believe that anyone open to learning and willing to listen would benefit much from these opportunities, “they stated.

Source: CTV News

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