Men, women, children, people of every race, religion and sexual identity – these are the people who make up families, and everyone of them is invited to Pride Does Not Divide Family Picnic on Saturday.
Local DJ Patrick Ryley discovered some Grade 12 students and members of the Gender Sexuality Alliance wanted to have a local pride celebration.
Kindale, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Shuswap Children’s Association are among the groups that will attend the picnic.
Not only did city council approve Ryley’s request, several businesses who have hopped on board with their support.
“It’s very interesting how young people view sexuality…” he says. “Like any other issue out there, there is a spectrum of sexuality and you decide what it is you are. I am just me. I identify however I want.”
Ryley says comments from community have been wide-ranging, most of them positive and supportive.
But again, he emphasizes the picnic is about families and communities getting together to have fun in an atmosphere of welcome for all.
The free Pride Family Picnic takes place at Canoe Beach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will feature sack races, zumba, hatha yoga, old-fashioned games and, of course, swimming. Along with food for purchase, Top Jimmy’s Beach Café has water toys for rent.
The picnic will be followed by a Pride Dance in support of the SAFE Society and the Family Resource Centre from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Canoe Victory Hall.
Advance tickets at $20 are available at Prisa Lighting or are $25 at the door.