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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

CollingwoodToday welcomes letters to the editor. They can be submitted through or emailed to 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.



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