There were whistles and water guns, a sitting Prime Minister among queens, naked unicyclists and free hugs aplenty. But even if unclothed acrobats and economic embraces aren’t your thing, there was something for all 750,000 people that attended the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 5th.
In the middle of it all was UBC Medicine. Led by Devon Mitchell, Medical Undergraduate Society Vice President External, Jr., a diverse group of students – including several about to start their first year – residents, faculty and staff marched to support the LGBTQ+ community.
I have attended the parade before, but being part of it allowed me the chance to see the celebration as reflected by the audience. People of all ages, cultures, and orientations lined the streets to cheer as groups from business, academia, politics, and community service walked by. The smiles on their faces told me that here, in this moment, in this place, they felt safe and free and included.
And isn’t that what we all want?
We are at our best when we feel valued and supported to take the time needed to care for our patients. And, as we become ever more aware of the effects of trauma and childhood adverse events, we must in turn be active in creating and advocating for healthy environments in homes and schools and facilities.
Because no matter whom you love, everyone deserves safety, freedom, and belonging.