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All Muskoka Communities Show Support for Diversity

MUSKOKA, ONTARIO – For the first time ever, all of the communities in Muskoka has rased the Rainbow Pride flag to recognize Muskoka Pride Week which runs July 18 – 27. The week concludes on Sunday July 27th with the 6th annual Muskoka Pride Picnic at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge.

This is the first year that the Townships of Muskoka Lakes, Georgian Bay, and Lake of Bays have raised the Rainbow Pride flag. The towns of Huntsville, Bracebridge, and Gravenhurst have been raising the flag for several years.

The Rainbow Flag symbolizes the LGBTQ community with the different colours representing the diverse groups.

For Heather Hay, Chairperson of Muskoka Pride, the flag raisings are a symbol of acceptance of the LGBT population of Muskoka. “It says to the people in Muskoka that our community is diverse and inclusive, an important message for residents and visitors.”

Having grown up in Muskoka, he understands the feeling of isolation that comes with thinking you are alone. “Visibility is important for the LGBTQ community so that you don’t isolated. Pride Week is not just about tolerance and acceptance – it’s about celebrating the rich diversity in our community.”

Muskoka Pride Week continues with window displays in local businesses, a photo contest, and events each day throughout Muskoka.

For further information about all events, go to www.muskokapride.com or visit the Muskoka Pride Facebook Page www.facebook.com/muskokapride

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