Pride is 'constant activism', says local club president

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It's officially Pride Week in Timmins.

The annual celebration kicked off with a flag-raising and proclamation by Mayor Kristin Murray. Fierté Timmins Pride president Matthieu Villeneuve also delivered a speech.

Community members shared their happiness of being able to celebrate in person after two years.

"We are here to celebrate who we are. We are humans just like you are," said Sophie Cloutier.

She thanked the city for the support and allowed them to do flag raising.

"We are here to celebrate who we are. We are humans just like you are," Cloutier explained her plan for the week.

The much-anticipated Pride Week was slated to return in June, but was pushed back because there weren't enough board members. A full week of activities is planned, including the popular rally and parade on Saturday. The festivities will cap off with a sold-out drag show that night.

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Murray is happy to see supporters' faces and that Pride Week is back. She also said the importance of accepting every individual as they are.

"If you are not familiar with the 2SLGBTQ+ community, get to know them," she said.

Murray also said she will continue to support the community by being an ally.

During the ceremony, Villeneuve said the community is reminded of what the pride movement is for.

"Though we are not currently celebrating Pride during its month, we are reminding everyone that Pride is not just a day, a week or a month, but rather an entire year of constant activism," he said.

He emphasized the idea of inclusion during his speech.

Jinsh Rayaroth, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com