My First Pride Story

I attended my first Winnipeg Pride around the same time we were starting up Pride North of 55. I was still “in the closet” somewhat and Pride blew my mind. Everyone was so open and happy to “just be”, not too worried about labels which was refreshing. It helped me accept myself to meet so many people who were just happy to be who they were and didn’t feel the need to define it to anyone. I attended the events with my boss at the time and it was amazing for me to be able to have this life changing experience with a figure of authority in my life. It helped me develop a level of trust with her and the company I worked for because I knew I would be accepted in the workplace back home in Thompson. I am forever grateful to Pride Winnipeg for their part in my coming out story!