"Y'ALL means ALL" was chanted down Boulevard René-Lévesque. It was a remarkable feeling to promote what we stand for and walk for - Civil Rights. We watched people read and react to our signs by smiling, cheering and giving us hugs. We also invited Americans we met along the way to join us - even mid-parade! Thanks to your mobilization and involvement, our chapter joined over 100 organizations and 7,000 people in this year's biggest Pride Parade yet to emphatically share that minority rights are human rights.

The feeling of PRIDE was also in our hearts in the wake of Charlottesville. A day of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ protests where a terrorist slammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring almost 20 others. Democrats Abroad Montréal recognizes a new pride flag which includes black and brown colors to fuel this important and inclusive conversation. We must, and will, continually fight to make our country one in which atrocities such as this, and the beliefs that underpin them, cannot be imagined, much less put to action.

We stand together, and we stand strong.

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