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Rainbow flag raised again marking 10 years of Fierté Simcoe Pride

The flag was raised at the Collingwood Public Library this afternoon
Mayor Brian Saunderson, Councillor Yvonne Hamlin, Councillor Deb Doherty and Fierté Simcoe Pride presdient Colin Nelthorpe raised the rainbow flag at the Collingwood Public Library on Aug. 3.

The pride flag is flying in Collingwood again, this time to mark the 10th-anniversary celebrations hosted by Fierté Simcoe Pride. 

Fierté board chair and president Colin Nelthorpe was joined at the Collingwood Library this afternoon by Mayor Brian Saunderson and Councillors Deb Doherty and Yvonne Hamlin for a flag-raising. 

Fierté Simcoe Pride festival runs July 26 to Aug. 8 this year with some in-person events. 

"I'm optimistic so far, and looking forward to moving ahead with regular events later," said Nelthorpe, suggesting the group is aiming to host an in-person awards gala later this year. 

In the meantime, he said the flag raisings at Simcoe County municipal buildings remain a big part of Fierté's advocacy. 

"It's important because the basics of Pride is a political movement and pushing for more accepting mindsets," said Nelthorpe. "The flag-raising shows the public that municipalities and officials stand with the Pride community."

Last month the pride flag was raised at the library for the first-ever Collingwood Pride event, which included mostly virtual events along with the official ribbon cutting for the new rainbow crosswalk at Ste. Marie and Simcoe Street.  

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