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"My name is John Darras and I am 57 years old. My family moved to Ladner when I was 9 years old. In those days, being gay was MUCH different than it is today. I never came out to anyone until the summer between grade 10 & 11 when I came out to a close friend, they ended up outing me to my high school class. Let’s say grade 11 was NOT pleasant. Luckily, it never became physical and while awful, was not the horror stories I’ve heard since. Needless to say, it was a big surprise to me when three years ago, little Ladner held its first Delta Pride Picnic, and I was honoured to be one of the 4 organizing team members. Today, I am lucky enough to be the president of the Delta Pride Society, and we hope to be able to put on more events and provide more resources and support for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies." -John

Watch out for more events by the Delta Pride Society!

Sometimes it is safe for a member of the LGBTQ+ community to be out, and sometimes it isn't! Contrary to popular belief, LGBTQ+ people have to come out over and over again in their lives, celebrating in some spaces and hiding in others. If someone comes out to you and tells you to keep it a secret, guard it with your heart! And if they come out publicly, show your support by telling them that you accept them and participating in pride events with them.

Note: John and Sandy have matching rainbow Canada flag tattoos on the backs of their legs!