Ma’ayan’s physically distanced neighbourhood Pride celebration

Published 2020-07-20 06:00

‘You should always find a way to do what you love, no matter what’s happening in the world.’ 

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SUBMITTED BY: Ma’ayan Moscovitch

AGE:  9

CITY: Toronto


Ma'ayan said that she submitted the article to CBC Kids News because she thought it would be fun to write about this topic, and she thought it was important for Canadian kids to know about.

Pride celebration brings neighbours out amid isolation

This June we had a small Pride celebration on my street. I organized it with my neighbours, who are a lesbian couple, and we each invited a family or two.

I have been going to Pride since I was very little with my two moms Elana and Jessie.

Ma’ayan, and her moms, Jessie Manley, centre, and Elana Moscovitch. (Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch)

There are also a few other queer families on my street that helped organize and attended.

One of the things I was most excited about is that there turned out to be a lot of LGBTQ+ allies as well as LGBTQ+ families, as I was expecting not very many allies and a lot of queer families.

two kids in masks stand with Pride flag in the middle of street.

Ma'ayan was surprised by how many allies of the queer community came out. (Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch)

My neighbours brought a big stereo and played music and everyone danced.

In my opinion, it’s  important to celebrate Pride in one way or another each year because we have to remember that if someone is LGBTQ+, it doesn’t mean they aren't important and they should have the same rights as everybody else.

Ma’ayan, right, and her friend Anjulie out in their Pride gear. Ma’ayan and Anjulie are in the same ‘bubble.’ (Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch)

The way we maintained social distancing at our parade is we had each family stick together in their own small group, and each small group had to stay two metres apart from the other small groups.

We had homemade and store-bought decorations, and even my four-year old neighbour came out with her cute picture of a rainbow, and a sign that said:  “Love is love.”

Image of little girl holding Love is Love sign while being carried on man's shoulders.

(Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch)

I made a mini float out of an old storage container with wheels and put my stuffed animals in it.

HAPPY PRIDE written with chalk on the sidewalk.

(Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch)

What I learned from this experience during the pandemic is you should always find a way to do what you love, no matter what’s happening in the world.

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Top Image: (Photo submitted by Elana Moscovitch, Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC)