LETTER: Surrey residents should be proud of city’s first Pride parade

The city hall hoists a rainbow-coloured flag in honour of the mass shooting victims. It is a strong message that such acts are condemned.

Surrey Pride festival participants Shawno Ashmore

The Editor,

The recent Orlando shooting leaving 50 dead has affected many. In such devastating circumstances however, our city has proved its solidarity, acceptance and supportive nature.

I am an advocate for unity and justice, no matter the context. We, as citizens of such a wonderful city like Surrey, should be proud. The city hall hoists a rainbow-coloured flag in honour of the mass shooting victims. It is a strong message that such acts are condemned.

SEE ALSO: More than 100 students attend Surrey’s first-ever ‘Pride Prom’

SEE ALSO: Pride parade a first for Surrey; rainbow flag flies at city hall for Orlando killings

Surrey’s LGBTQ community had fought hard to hoist the pride flag outside the city hall but remained unsuccessful due to the federal and provincial flag practices and protocols set out.

Now, the city is hosting its first Pride parade.

Many shootings have wreaked havoc in Surrey this year. Let’s divert our attention from the negatives because there are positives that outweigh them. The bad things that happen today could be paving the way for the good things tomorrow.

Navi Dosanjh, Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey council approves modular housing projects for homeless after lengthy hearing

Vote comes after three-hour-long public hearing over supportive housing projects in Whalley, Guildford

Surrey man charged in 2018 fatal hit-and-run

Michael Howard Thomas was charged on July 19 in provincial court

Surrey mayor appoints his Safe Surrey Coalition to police transition committee

McCallum dissolved the city’s public safety committee last week in favour of the new committee

Surrey, White Rock rugby players to play at Western Championships

U16 and U18 tournaments to be staged this summer in Kelowna and Regina, respectively

Rollover crash in South Surrey

One person airlifted following incident near 40 Avenue and 160 Street

3 dead, 2 missing in northern B.C: Here’s what we know so far

Lucas Fowler, 23, and his girlfriend, Chynna Deese, were shot and killed on July 14 or 15

Memorial park bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in Kitsilano, for now

Vancouver Park Board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Overdoses overwhelming in B.C. Interior

Part two: Who’s affected by the current opioid crisis

Kelowna cab driver charged with sexual assault

RCMP received a report May 28 alleging a taxi passenger had been sexually assaulted by a cab driver

Jurors talk about trial of U.S. man convicted in 1987 murders of B.C. couple

Three jurors offer a window into deliberations during the trial

Tubing world record broken on Vancouver Island

But record for length of tubes linked together still has to be confirmed

The Beaverton’s sharp satire thrives in polarized political climate

Canadian TV series’ third season to air Tuesday on CTV after “The Amazing Race Canada”

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Most Read