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PRIDE Flag raised in Cornwall

Jason Setnyk
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PRIDE Flag raised in Cornwall
Elaine MacDonald was at the Pride Cornwall Flag Raising Ceremony on August 29th as Acting Mayor, as an executive member of the SD&G Coalition for Social Justice, and as a crowd supporter of the LGBT community. According to MacDonald the ceremony shows how times are changing. “It's a sign of how open we have become."

Cornwall - Aug. 29, 2011 - Elaine MacDonald was at the Pride Cornwall Flag Raising Ceremony on August 29th as Acting Mayor, as an executive member of the SD&G Coalition for Social Justice, and as a crowd supporter of the LGBT community.

According to MacDonald the ceremony shows how times are changing. “It's a sign of how open we have become. We've come along way and fought for a rich diverse community, and the right to love who we choose. Change happened because we demanded it”.

Prior to 2005 City Council was not as progressive about supporting gay rights issues.

Paul Leger who is Chair of Pride Cornwall was pleased about the raising of the rainbow flag in front of the Justice Building near City Hall. “It shows the city's acceptance of us. We're happy to have our festival once again”.

Leger also said, "Cornwall Pride is now an incorporated registered charity”. Pride Cornwall will fund-raise to host events like Pride Week.

Events during the 2011 Pride Week include a three day film festival at the Cornwall Public Library. There will also be a spaghetti supper Sunday September 4th at Murphy's Inn. The cost of the supper is $10 per person (and free for children under six).

Also on Sunday at 9pm, persons aged 19 or older can attend a gala Masquerade Ball. There will be special appearances from Ottawa and New York Drag Queens, and tickets for that event are $15.


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