A rainbow flag now flies at Red Deer College in honour of Central Alberta Pride Week.
College officials, students and community members gathered outside the college's main entrance Monday morning to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.
"This means a lot not only to me but the LGBTQ community within the college and the community at large," said Serge Gingras, Chair of the Central Alberta Pride Society. "I think the college is a good example of the evolution of the support to the LGBTQ community."
Gingras, who was a professor at RDC for nearly 30 years, says it's a big thing to have the Pride flag flying at a place as visible and prominent as the college.
"What influences communities are decisions that come from the top. When it comes from the top and there [is] support shown to any kind of community or group, it spreads out into the community and you see that support swelling."
Shannon Humphrey, a recent RDC graduate and member of the Pride on Campus group, says seeing the Pride flag at her school is extremely exciting.
"It's makes me very proud to be a part of it. We've done a lot of work in the past year to get people involved," she noted. "Events like these, they really get everyone involved."
Humphrey, who is from Sundre, says she found RDC to be quite welcoming during her five years as a student.
"From day one where was people I just related to. I was always made to feel welcome."
Central Alberta Pride Week got underway over the weekend and continues through Sunday, August 20. A list of events can be found at www.centralalbertapride.ca.
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