After the concert, there was a cake-cutting ceremony, featuring Mayor Randy Simms (depicted left of me), and Provincial Member of Parliament, Conservative Party member Paul Lane (depicted right of me). The Mayor also hosts a well-know radio talk show, and keeps a close eye on my twitter feed. He had read my press release and was aware that I was attending! How cool was that? We had a brief chat, ironically enough, about teenage bullying in Mount Pearl high schools. Paul and I had exchanged many e-mails and tweets over the past year, so we were already quite familiar with each other, but it was really nice to finally meet him in person. We had a great chat that included topics ranging from parliamentary proceedings, politics on twitter, to trans health, human rights, and pride week festivities.
I also had the chance to meet with a couple of non-profit organizations - one that deals with crime-prevention, and one that deals with environmental-clean-up work. In total, I met many amazing people who care about their City and their province. While I may never totally blend into any public event, given my rather well-known prominence as a public figure from my various television and radio features, it was nice to know that a group of people, and an event, that might be considered 'traditional' and 'conservative' were extremely welcoming towards me. I will look forward to having more opportunities to get involved in community events like this, where the theme has nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Terry Rielly sings with Teddy Bears and volunteers from the audience
- Mayor Simms cuts cake with children looking on
- Beautiful waterfall in the area
- Ducks at the Pond near by