Pride in Homeownership
The Halifax Pride Festival, taking place July 18 – 28, is a time to celebrate the unique character of our diverse community. And with this celebration comes the memories of what prompted the first Pride March in Halifax, which took place in 1988. It was a protest over the lack of legal protection from discrimination and the all-too-common threat of homophobic violence. Thankfully, we have progressed, but we should never forget where it is we came from. In this post, we’re going to talk a bit more about pride in homeownership.
Pride in Authenticity
We are now of an age where everybody can and should be proud of who they are – their authentic selves. The road ahead is still long; however, progress is being made every day. Living your authentic self is bold. It is empowering. It is freeing. It is what I wish for all Haligonians, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. How does this relate to Pride in Homeownership you might ask? Good question. Owning your identity is important. So is living your identity. Be proud of who you are, and let your pride show.
Choose Your Neighborhood Wisely
When it comes to choosing a neighborhood to reside in, you must choose wisely. Will the neighborhood you choose to allow you to live your authentic self without fear of reprisal? Look, you have every right to live wherever you want (and can afford), but not everything we do has to be a battle. Pick your battles, as you only have so much energy to give.
Your Home is a Reflection of You
Drive the neighborhood during various times in the day. Talk a walk up and down the streets. Are the people friendly? Trust your instincts. If you feel welcome, great; if you don’t, then it is time to check out another neighborhood. As I drove around during Pride last year, I noticed that some neighborhoods were adorned with Pride flags, which was great to see. It was clear that these homeowners felt comfortable sharing their pride with their neighbors. In other neighborhoods, I didn’t see any. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t pride; however, for whatever reason, no one was showing it.
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