Ucluelet Pride walk promotes fun, inclusive space

Toni Buston walks up Peninsula Road and past Image West Gallery holding a sign that reads ‘You are loved, valid and cared for’ during the June 30Pride Walk and BBQ in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)Toni Buston walks up Peninsula Road and past Image West Gallery holding a sign that reads ‘You are loved, valid and cared for’ during the June 30Pride Walk and BBQ in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ukee Pride Walk organizer Kira Cameron, left, and friends Kailea Sked, Mischa Ramsey, and Alex McEnery wave bright colours and spread positive vibes for Pride Month at the Ucluelet Community Centre on June 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)Ukee Pride Walk organizer Kira Cameron, left, and friends Kailea Sked, Mischa Ramsey, and Alex McEnery wave bright colours and spread positive vibes for Pride Month at the Ucluelet Community Centre on June 30. (Nora O’Malley photo)

About 50 West Coasters splashed the streets of Ucluelet with rainbow hearts and colourful flags on June 30 as they walked up Peninsula Road from the Seaplane Base to the community centre for Pride.

The June Pride walk and BBQ for LGBTQ+ members and allies was organized by a soon-to-be Grade 9 Ucluelet Secondary student Kira Cameron with support from local youth facilitators Tristan Godberson and Toni Buston.

“There was a lot more people than I thought there would be. I’m definitely doing this next year. We’re gonna re-use some of the things from this year, like Pride flags, so there is going to be 10 times more next year. It’s going to be even better,” said Cameron.

They said the event was promoted as a safe space for queers and allies to have fun. Wize Tea and Foggy Bean stepped up to sponsor the BBQ and they also garnered support from a Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Youth Action grant, the Alberni Clayoquot Building Youth Futures Project, and the District of Ucluelet.



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