...it’s very important that we reclaim these spaces and stand up as inclusive churches..."
In celebration of Pride week which runs through Sept 3, the Hillhurst United Church is honoring queer people of color, and transgender people with the updated banner.
Daniel explained his idea in a Facebook post after starting the campaign, “The 6 stripe LGBT flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The main section of the flag (background) includes the traditional 6 stripe LGBT flag as seen in its original form so as not to take away from its original meaning.”
Quasar also explained that the black stripe represents “those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them.”
Keith Murray, affirming coordinator of the Hillhurst United Church said, “We are including the trans colours and the black and brown stripes for people of colour and Indigenous peoples as well."
He adds, “The church has long standing been the culprit of discrimination of LGBT community of oppression and eradication of indigenous communities and it’s very important that we reclaim these spaces and stand up as inclusive churches to say no.”
A two-spirit member of Siksika First Nation named Evans Yellow Old Woman says they are not queer one day and indigenous the other; they are all one package, adding, “We’re not at where we should be at and there are folks in our community who are racialized and marginalized who are being left behind, and I believe this flag is representative of where we should be," said Evans Yellow Old Woman.
Photos are courtesy of Glen Edwards / Hillhurst United Church