This afternoon, Iqaluit joined the ranks of other Canadian cities like Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in raising a rainbow flag to show solidarity with and support for LGBTQ people the world over. Here's how it happened: It started with a single tweet:
So with Pride flags going up across Canada, should the GN or the City of Iqaluit follow suit? I think so, but that's me...— Craig Welsh (@towniebastard) February 7, 2014
Tweeps started tweeting in their support for the idea:
In the meantime, I reached out to whoever I could in search of a flag. Thanks to Bethany Scott, we found our rainbow!
And just like that, with one simple ask, a time was set to raise the flag:
Iqalummiut came out to show their support, both in person and in spirit:
The flag-raising ceremony lasted about twenty minutes. There were laughs, tears, lots of hugs, and necessarily, congratulations. Though the process seemed effortless, it was no less symbolic or important. For me, this was an incredibly meaningful gesture, professionally and personally. Thanks to everyone who came out, gave their support, and of course, extra big hugs to Bethany and Kenny for their integral role in raising not only a flag, but our spirits :) Scroll down for more photos from today. Thanks to Sandi Chan, who wrote the hilarious post "10 Ways Iqaluit is Like a Campus", for the photos!