Brace yourself for colourful photo overload. Instead of separating the parade photos into different posts I have decided to do them all in a oner, so here it goes…
There’s this misconception about pride parades that everyone is half-naked and ridiculously over the top and thus portray gay people as oversexed hedonists. But I felt that the parade showed the ordinary side of LGBTQ+ people, as if to say “we’re just like everyone else” with families, jobs, faiths and hobbies. I hope to convey this feeling to you throughout this post and through my photographs.
The first set of photos are dedicated to the religious people who marched in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ folk in this year’s Ottawa Pride parade. The faithfuls were out in full force from all sides of the religious spectrum.
A wonderful moment for me was when a church organisation handed out humorous “Get Out Of Hell Free” cards to the audience; a satiric response to the bigoted beliefs of religious homophobes, most notably the Westboro Baptist Church, who believe that homosexuality is a sin.
And now for the young people…
It’s a different world for LGBTQ+ youths compared to ten/twenty years ago. Whilst homophobic bullying is still a life-and-death problem throughout schools and the work place, the attitudes of young people are changing rapidly to one of acceptance.
Next up is the sports teams who were particularly entertaining and eclectic; ranging from volleyball, rugby, dance, curling, walking and roller-derby.
The public services were in particularly good spirit throughout the parade. Members of the police, ambulance service, paramedics, air force, army, fire services, marched together in full uniform plus a little extra floral colour.
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