Instead of bells and whistles, this year’s Vancouver Pride Week kicks off with debate and discussion at City Hall.
A panel of community activists took to council chambers to talk about issues facing their community around the world.
One speaker, Zdravko Cimbaljevic, came from Montenegro as the pride parade’s guest Grand Marshall last year, then returned as a refugee after he was threatened with death at home for speaking out.
“The journey was really tough. I was just fighting with my own guilt that I left everyone and I abandoned everyone and they all hate me.”
Cimbaljevic and other speakers say it’s important for Canada to be a refuge for gays threatened in their home countries.