Discussions about flagpoles were brought up at the most recent town council meeting in Alberton.

In the month since the original decision was made to not fly the Pride flag, both mayor and council have been on the receiving end of some very nasty messages, and that’s not right.

If a person doesn’t agree with another person’s decisions they can voice that disagreement without resorting to name calling and anything else along that line.

Council wants to stay neutral on the subject, and that’s why they made the decision to not raise the Pride flag, but here’s the thing: by not raising the Pride flag, they’re taking a side.

A marginalized community asked for a show of support on a day that takes a stand against hatred toward members of the LGBTQ+ community. That’s it. They just wanted the flag raised for one day.

It’s all well and good to suggest flying the flag at the college campus, or at a different location in town, but councillors are missing the point.

By not raising the flag, council is essentially siding with those who were angry when the flag was raised last year (without council’s knowing).

Council can say they’re just trying to make everybody happy, but in a situation like this, you can’t.

LGBTQ+ people are still being derided, are still being told who they love is a choice or a “lifestyle”, and are still being attacked. On May 30 a lesbian couple in London, England were attacked and beaten on a double-decker bus because they refused to kiss each other on demand for a group of young men.

Things like this are the reason flying the Pride flag is important.

Flying it says ‘We see you. We understand the struggles you face, and we support you.’And trust me, a little support can go a long way.

Jillian Trainor


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