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

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

Untitled-1Thatโ€™s why sheโ€™ll be in attendance at a flag-raising ceremony at Stephenville town hall today as part of Western Pride NLโ€™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 thatโ€™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, sheโ€™squeer, but that through the years she hasnโ€™t had dealt with many issues of discrimination.

โ€œThe most Iโ€™ve experienced was getting certain looks during โ€œthe first Pride Parade held here in Stephenvilleโ€โ€ฆ

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