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Vancouver launches city’s Pride Week

A rainbow flag is held by marchers in the annual Pride parade in Vancouver's West End.
A rainbow flag is held by marchers in the annual Pride parade in Vancouver's West End. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has launched Vancouver’s Pride Week this morning.

The mayor kicked off the Pride Week, running July 28 to August 3, with the raising of the rainbow flag at Vancouver city hall.

Before the launch, representatives from the lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, two-spirited and queer community took part in a panel discussion around discriminatory legislation and state-sponsored violence against LGBTTQ people in nations around the world.

It addressed what steps Vancouver is taking to serve as a safe home to LGBTTQ individuals who have escaped from this violence and discrimination, and what more the City of Vancouver could be doing to advocate on their behalf.

The Pride Week will culminate with the Pride Parade festivities on Sunday, August 3. Last year, more than 500,000 people attended Vancouver’s 35th annual Pride Parade. 

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