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Fort St. John Pride to mark 50 years since Stonewall riots

Fort St. John's fourth annual Pride Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 1.
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The 2018 Pride Walk makes its way down 100 Street in Fort St. John, June 2, 2018.

Fort St. John's fourth annual Pride Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 1.

This year's walk will commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall riots in 1969, started after police in New York City raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay club in Greenwich Village.

"It's considered the birth place of the gay rights movement," said Dustin Carnell, one of the walk's organizers with the North Peace Pride Society.

"It's only been 50 years. Even in that 50 years, there's certain places in the world where gays aren't allowed, gay clubs aren't allowed. I'm lucky enough to live in Canada, where we're free and open."

The Walk starts at 2 p.m. at W.I. Centennial Park at 104 Street and 110 Avenue, and ends at Centennial Park, where there will be vendors and live music, including headliners Road Worn. A video dance party will be held at the curling club in the evening.

"Things have changed a lot; even in the four years we've been having Pride, things have changed, just the acceptance," Carnell said. "I've said this before, I'm so lucky. Coming out as lesbian and trans ... I've had local support, I've had family support, I've had work support."

A meeting for interested volunteers will be held May 15 at 11427 Alaska Road starting at 7 p.m.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.