Our Manchester Community: Gratitude for LGBTQ+ Support in the Face of Hate


To the Editor,

According to the Oxford Languages dictionary the term Community is defined as the “feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

We share community with each other here in Manchester based on several differing factors, such as neighborhoods, family, interests, work and recreation.  Some would say that as a small town we focus and strive for a strong sense of community for our town. 

Yet, over these last few weeks a member of our community posted hateful signs on their lawn “demonizing” the LGBTQ+ community.  I surmise the homeowners did so in response to this—June—being LGBTQ+ Pride month.  One of those signs was recently removed and replaced with a handwritten sign complaining of disdain for the “grooming” of children to be LGBTQ+. 

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself I can tell you that I was inspired by the community response from neighbors and residents to these hateful messages who asked for LGBTQ+ Progress flags to fly and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.  We all have a right to our opinions certainly.

However, given that LGBTQ+ children and our Trans community remain at heightened risk for hate crime victimization and suicide, and that LGBTQ+ rights are being taken away along with women’s rights across this country, I would suggest now is a time to be a more cohesive community, not a divisive one. 

So, I welcome you to come show your support for the LGBTQ+ community by attending the North Shore Pride Parade and Festival in downtown Salem, MA on this Saturday, June 24.  The festival is being held on the Salem Common from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the parade starts downtown on Derby Street at noon.

Thank you and Happy Pride! 

Hope Watt-Bucci


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