Violence and harassment against LGBTQ community
You may have seen the story.
A photo of a lesbian couple on a bus in London England, their faces bloodied in an attack by a group of young males. The suspects were between 15 and 18 years old.
The boys tried to make the women kiss while harassing them with derogatory comments.
Kelowna Pride Co-President Blake Edwards says there are no easy solutions to violence and discrimination against members of the L-G-B-T-Q community.
"The whole purpose of what Pride and what Pride is designed to create is unity. Unity within the community, a symbol of hope that we can move past discrimination and harrassment. And it's not just an L-G-B-T-Q plus community issue, it's discrimination against all minority groups."
Edwards says the solution lies in on-going education. He and Kelowna Pride work closely with schools in the Central Okanagan.
June 15th is Pride Week in Kelowna. The annual Pride Parade is June 22nd.