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LETTER: Pride parade a lesson in humility for Collingwood man

Getting 'stuck' downtown during Pride parade caused letter writer to reflect, and change his mind
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CollingwoodToday welcomes letters to the editor. They can be submitted through CollingwoodToday.ca or emailed to erika@collingwoodtoday.ca. Please include your name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. The following letter was submitted in response to the July 16 Collingwood Pride Parade.

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Editor,

I am a 65-year-old resident of Collingwood. We were kind of stuck downtown because of the Pride parade today.

I'm not much of a "free" thinker, and I didn't have a great opinion of that community. I watched the parade from across from our Giant Tiger.

I have two very close friends of over 30 years. They both have siblings that are LBGTQ. I made a goofy comment to my very best friend, who has a brother who is gay. I wish I had never made such a remark, but my buddy is still my best friend.

After watching the parade, I am starting to change my mind. We are all equal and should be treated with respect.

I never thought I would say this but, with all the things happening here in Collingwood, why not strive to be the LBGTQ capital of Ontario.

I also thought the Elvis festival was a good reflection on our town ... it was just in the wrong place.

Don Thompson
Collingwood, ON