Ceremony to mark International Day Against Homophobia (Stephenville, NL)

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love-emoticonChantal Drake would like to see a community that’s more open and accepting of people no matter their sexual orientation.

Untitled-1That’s why she’ll be in attendance at a flag-raising ceremony at Stephenville town hall today as part of Western Pride NL’s celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). May 17, 1990 was the date the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.

Drake said the level of discrimination against people who are homosexual still exists, so the importance of a town that’s more accepting of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community matters a lot to her.

She said if she had to put a label on herself, she’squeer, but that through the years she hasn’t had dealt with many issues of discrimination.

“The most I’ve experienced was getting certain looks during “the first Pride Parade held here in Stephenville”…

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