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Torn pride posters 'upsetting'

Torn New West Pride festival posters thrown on the ground after being put up by Royal City Pride Society volunteers. - Photo contributed
Torn New West Pride festival posters thrown on the ground after being put up by Royal City Pride Society volunteers.
— image credit: Photo contributed

Gay pride in New Westminster has come a long way but the journey isn't over.

That was the harsh reality that hit a volunteer when he found more than half the posters for the upcoming New West Pride festival he had worked so hard to put up around Downtown ripped down, crumpled up and thrown on the ground.

The vandalization shook the volunteer emotionally.

It also bothered Royal City Pride Society president and festival organizer Ian Gould.

Torn flyers"It's a little upsetting when you see an act of aggression like that. Is it targeted at the [LGBTQ] community or is it just somebody being a jackass? But I would definitely say it is directed at Pride. Unfortunately we still have a long way to acceptance," said Gould.

"I know those people still live in New Westminster, and as much as we live in an accepting community, there's always going to be that element that isn't going to go away."

Gould added it was an insult to the volunteers and the community to see their work undone.

The festival begins Friday and continues until next Saturday (Aug. 16) when the fifth annual festival will hold its first street party on Columbia between Fourth and Sixth streets from 3 to 8 p.m.

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