Central Social Hall Drag Night
Thank you so much to all the people who came and celebrated with us at Central Social Hall on Friday night. Our amazing team of volunteers created a special night with the beautiful people from the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose. We raised just over $2500 for the youth and junior programs! I am so proud to be involved with everyone and to see the faces of the kids light up as the enthusiastic Drag Queens performed. It was more than just watching a performance to many of them, it was an example that you can be who ever and what ever you want to be. The Queens perform with such energy that is hard not to be swept up in the groove and start moving. I had several friends there in there 65+ who loved it as much as the teens. Having role models like these who are actually making a show is awesome, except every kid was in the front row. Youth interacted with the Queens, talked to them, took pictures, and even related stories of oppression that only come from being in similar situations. I can’t thank these fantastic people enough for showing our youth that they can be free from social norms and stereotypes to be who they really are. What a refreshing night of great entertainment, brutal honesty, and a show of pure unconditional love. Drag Queens are more than just a spectacle, they are the beacon of hope for some who think they cannot exist in a world that promotes a heterosexual life as the right way and anything else is abnormal. As my friend always says “normal is just a setting on the dryer” so thanks to everyone that celebrated a new normal.
Thanks to the Sponsors
St Albert Pride is so lucky to have such amazing sponsors for this event. Some gave money, some gave product, some gave their time. All of this was so important to create a successful fundraiser for our LGBTQ youth. These are the companies and people that we owe so much of our success to.
GUY JEREMY NATALIE SOETAERT MARY ON HELEN ARNOTT
SUSAN KRECSY GORDON & GINA SOETAERT KAREN HILLMAN
VIC MITCHELL DON AYLIFFE JUDY SPENCER MLA – MARIE RENAUD
MLA – TREVOR HORNE SHAWNA GAWRELUCK
Thanks to all our Volunteers
As with any fundraising organization or event we rely on truly excellent people to help us get all this put together. Unfortunately I cannot put names here as not everyone is OK with public recognition or feeling like they are being outed. So I will just say that each of you is very special to me and I cannot thank you enough for your efforts toward St Albert Pride and Outloud. You are the reason that we can put on the events, the group meetings, and have Outloud in general. I am so proud to be involved with this organization and especially each of you. THANK YOU!