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Penelope Hagan with Worship Associate Dar Gareau-Levy

Pride is a time to celebrate the identities of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. There’s been a relatively recent cultural shift toward accepting a person’s sexual identity andpride colours their right to love whom they choose. However, looking deeper to the roots of sexual shame it’s still possible to notice a great deal of gender construction around what it means to be a man or woman; and body shame around what bodies should look like and how we should use them. How can we, as individuals and as a community, honour sexuality as a source of play, spirituality, pleasure and identity? How can we recognize and affirm the deepest Pride imaginable – freedom from shame?