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Steinbach's third annual Pride March was held this past weekend and organizers estimated that about 500 people were in attendance.

The event began at 11:00 A.M. with speeches by representatives of the LGBTQ2SIA community and its allies, including Shandi Strong, the first openly transgender person in Western Canada to run for public office, and event organizer Chris Plett.

Plett, who grew up in Kleefeld, stressed how necessary it is for the Pride March to continue occurring in Steinbach. 

"This is such a necessary event because it allows us [the community] to be visible in Steinbach, and the surrounding area. Visibility allows us to show that we not only exist here, but we work here, we thrive here, we love here, and amongst those that might not want us to be here."

The theme of this year's march was "common ground" a topic that Plett and others touched on in presenting to everyone in attendance.

"We want to remind Steinbach and its surrounding area of our common histories, stories, and memories; our common ground...we can find strength in each other, not to forget the hurt of our past, but to put words and actions to those harms and forge a new, more diverse community together."

The march began at 11:45 and went down Main Street past the fire hall, turned down Reimer, and then right onto Elmdale before coming back to K.R. Barkman Park.


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