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“Some folks are questioning this move forward, and to them, I say ‘You’re on the wrong side of history because this is a step that needs to happen and our town is ready and excited for it,” she said over the phone Sunday afternoon.
The small towns and cities that have established their own Pride Week have “paved a way” for Cochrane to introduce its own, Sharpe said.
“This is just the first of many.”
The two drag shows scheduled this week have already sold out because of high demand and limited capacity, but Kindred Cochrane Pride Society will continue posting about other events and online activities throughout the week on their Facebook page.
The Pride Week was proclaimed last month by Town Council and Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung and town councillors will be present during the flag-raising ceremony alongside Kindred Cochrane Pride Society and Cochrane Rainbows.
“Celebrating diversity is a vital and integral part of our society. In the spirit of inclusion, equity and human rights, council encourages all residents of the Town of Cochrane to reflect on and embrace our differences while coming together to celebrate our inaugural Pride Week from August 17 to 24,” said Genung in a statement.
The Progress Pride flag has the rainbow of the original Pride flag in the centre but also incorporates the pink, blue and white of the trans flag, and black and brown stripes for LGBTQ2S+ communities of colour.
The in-person events will be complying with the safety requirements from Alberta Health Services, so attendees are encouraged to wear masks and observe physical distancing.