Pride Week in C-K

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Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff and CK Pride’s Marianne Willson raise the Pride flag Monday at the Civic Centre.

Pride Week 2021 is underway in Chatham-Kent, opening with a flag raising at the Dresden Town Hall and at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pride flag raisings in CK.

Marianne Willson of CK Pride said the annual event has been altered due to COVID-19 but the reasons behind it remain the same, to acknowledge and provide encouragement and support to the LGBTQ2S+ community.

This year will be composed of both in-person and virtual events with social distancing being required:

  • 17 at Art Space, 165 King St. W. in Chatham, the window display will show “History of Pride.”
  • 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Chatham-Kent Public Library will host on their Facebook page a Pride Trivia Night.
  • 19, Chatham-Kent Children Services will hold “Pride in CK” BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 425 Grand Ave. West in Chatham.
  • 20, CK Pride presents a virtual Pride Drag Queen Show starting at 8 p.m. Registration is required. To register, e-mailfrobyn@hotmail.com
  • 21, Chatham-Kent Public Library will host “Drag Queen Story time with Fay and Fluffy” at 10 a.m. Registration is required. To register, e-mailcklibrary@chatham-kent.ca.
  • That night there will be the CK Pride Bonfire from 8 p.m. to midnight with special guest Estella performing from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location is 21118 Base Rd., Blenheim.
  • 22, St. Andrews United Church will host a Sunday Pride Worship Service in person at 85 William St. S., Chatham, and on its Facebook page.

Throughout the week, Willson said people are encouraged to share pictures and videos in support of CK Pride through social media, using the hash tag #ShareYourPrideCK.

Mayor Darrin Canniff said flying the rainbow flag emphasises the fact that Chatham-Kent is an inclusive community.

“We want everyone to feel at home and comfortable in Chatham-Kent,” he said in a media release.

For details on events visit https://www.facebook.com/PrideCK/

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