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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Pride Flag Raised Saturday in Downtown Strathroy

"Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden was in attendance and says that pride is important as it gives the opportunity to celebrate everyone in our community."

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Strathroy Pride festival takes it up a notch with help from businesses

"Stroll through downtown Strathroy and you'll notice something different this summer — rainbow-coloured stickers on the windows and walls of businesses."

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The Importance of Rural Pride Celebrations

"I started listening to people’s stories. Conversations about growing up LGBT2Q+ in rural towns don’t come up easily. Many people who identify as queer or questioning don’t have many opportunities to talk about their identity, sexuality, or their feelings."

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Strathroy Pride Ramping up for July 10th Event

"Their goal is to be a resource for the community, and for the LGBTQ2+ members of the community as a support system and to help educate everyone."

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Rainbow Flag raised as Strathroy holds first ever pride festivities

"Every single person in our community deserves respect and to be member of the community without labels and without judgement, that's why we’re here." 

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Middlesex LGBTQ+ milestone: Strathroy to host county's first Pride bash Saturday

"The one-day, virtual event is a sign of the progress being made in small, often conservative towns, but also points to how much more work needs to be done to create welcoming communities for LGBTQ+ folks in rural Ontario."

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Turning over a new leaf: Strathroy to host Middlesex County's first pride event

"My biggest thing is to just provide queer youth a space. You know we are here and we're living our life in a genuine positive way and that it's okay. It's okay to do this in small towns."

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Pride Villager (Fall 2020)

Strathroy: Small Town Pride

"I remember looking around at the people and families gathered... and for the first time in a long time, I felt a true sense of Pride." 

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Middlesex LGBTQ+ milestone as Strathroy is host to county's first Pride bash

"It can be particularly challenging for youth growing up in rural towns, where it’s often harder to find other members of the LGBTQ+ community or access resources."