Okanagan Set for Another Successful Pride!

As the Okanagan celebrated a very successful Pride this week, we are reminded of the truth that many of the LGBT communities around the world are forced to hide their identity in shame.

On Wednesday, August 11, Okanagan Pride kicked off its annual celebration with a screening of the documentary  “Beyond Gay: The Politics of Gay Pride”. The film told the story of Vancouver Pride Director Ken Coolen as he traveled the globe to discover the festival’s origin as a movement for LGBT rights (see below for trailer).

The documentary featured interviews from international pride organizers and human right activists who expressed their views on the pride movement. The film captured the fear and bravery of individuals and groups who organized Moscow’s first successful pride march and Warsaw’s controversial pride despite death threats and mobs of protesters.  This event was a sobering reminder of how important pride festivals are to the preservation and progression of human and civil rights.

How lucky we are to live in a place that is free to celebrate Pride! =)

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