A Message from Stafford Arima for Calgary Pride

 PRIDE is a time of recognition and reflection. It is a time when one can breathe as oneself among others who feel the same. I recently heard Linda Perry's song, "Beautiful" on the radio while driving to my office at Theatre Calgary. "I am beautiful no matter what they say..." What a pertinent reminder as the city of Calgary celebrates PRIDE this month, to take a moment and honour the diverse beauty that life presents. Beauty truly comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and offerings. People of the theatre celebrate beauty every waking moment through the art of theatre. For 50 years, Theatre Calgary has shared stories from a wide range of narratives. Today, as Theatre Calgary’s new artistic director, I stand in solidarity with my friends and colleagues in the LGBTQ2+ community during this time of PRIDE. "We are beautiful in every single way."