It’s among us again beautiful people. Pride Season is here again, which means flags, dancing, rainbows, color, and all the beautiful things. The Morgane Orger Foundation has offered its support for Coquitlam youth who are set to ask the city council to raise the pride flag, and I think it’s a brilliant idea.

The Pride flag was designed to create a sign that certain people, places, and things, are safe zones for LBGTQ2S+, and while we’ve come a long way since the early days of the fight for inclusion, we still have a long way to go.

City Hall, in any city – in every city – is the place where people can bring such requests, it’s the place in all the city that belongs to the people, and was built for the services of the people. You are there for a short period of time.

But while you are there, you have opportunities that allow you to support all of your citizens on a large scale. This is a really great opportunity to tell Coquitlam youth, and youth across the province, that their voice matters.

Tonight you have a chance to change the world for a group of young people who definitely need to know that their voice matters.

With everything going on in the world, with all the trauma that comes with being LGBQ2S+, you could turn city hall into a beacon of hope for young people who need to know that their lives matter.

It’s important, it might be the light they need to inspire them to change their lives, maybe they will follow in your footsteps and become community leaders, but if you don’t show them their voices matter, they’ll start to believe that the opposite is absolutely true.

As The Loud Mouth Brown Girl, it’s my job to hand out love letters to people at Pride events, it’s part of my job to let people know their lives matter, but I can’t do it alone.

Right now too many people, the Pride flag is just a flag, but to people in the LBGTQ2S+ space, it’s a sign that we are safe in places we don’t normally feel safe. It’s light in the shadows, to tell us that we are welcome to come inside and meet the people, talk to them, and be around them. We need these signs for our young people so while I can’t be there physically, I can add my voice to the Morgane Orger Foundation.

City Hall is supposed to stand for ALL of the people that live in our cities, not just the loud but few. So I implore you to fly the flag, to fly it proudly, and to let youth across BC know that Coquitlam is a safe space for LBGTQ2S+ people. Thank you.

I stand beside our Coquitlam youth and I wish you the best of luck tonight.

Sending all my love,

Devon J Hall

Sending all my love,

Devon J Hall

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