As “Pride Month” nears its end, remember to keep tolerance in your heart all year long

Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2020
Pride Month
Pride Month

Alexandria, Ontario, June 30, 2020 –In celebration of Pride Month I wanted to take a few moments to talk about what it means to be an inclusive community.

 

I am a proud North Glengarrian. I love my community and all of its people. I love how we work together to reach solutions and I am especially proud of my neighbours and friends who make North Glengarry such a wonderful place to live.

 

We are a community of individuals who are drawn together by our love of this land and our sense of belonging. We work together, we play together; and I like to think that we work hard to accept those who are different from us, either in appearance, beliefs or origins.

 

As an inclusive community it is important to recognize that everyone has a place, and that everyone is treated equally. Each of our residents deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. When we see discrimination of any kind, it is our responsibility to speak out. We need to work together as a strong and inclusive community to say no to racism. To say no to prejudice and to accept our neighbours for exactly who they are – valuable members of our collective society.

 

Pride Month is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It promotes their dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.

 

As Pride Month nears its end, I challenge you to hold to your heart this simple goal – say no to discrimination all year long.

 

Jamie MacDonald,

Mayor of the Township of North Glengarry

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