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Pride is about identity, not just sexuality

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:00

From Cllr Debbie Andre, Sandown:
I was pleased the motion I proposed at last week’s full IW Council meeting, calling for the council to reaffirm its support for next year’s Pride Event, due to take place on July 21, was given almost unanimous support.

I was grateful to see the motion reported in the County Press (CP, 22-09-17), however I was disappointed at an unfortunate misprint in the article, quoting me as saying: “The first IW Pride established this Island as somewhere that is inclusive, where everyone can express their sexuality”. What I actually said was: “where everyone is valued and free to express their individuality”. This is an important difference because Pride is about identity and not just sexual preference, which is why it is open to all to celebrate Pride.
The IW is a fantastically diverse and inclusive community. The inaugural Pride event earlier this year celebrated that, showing the true nature of the Island. If we are all accepting of each other, we can build a harmonious community, where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and be the person they are meant to be. With this in mind, the plans for next year’s IW Pride are well under way. It promises to be even bigger and better than before, with the possibility of it becoming the UK Pride event for 2018.
We must all work together to create a society where everyone is valued and I, as an IW councillor, take that responsibility very seriously. Love wins.

 


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