The three boys used to call her mommy, but now they call him daddy.
Krys Kavanagh is transgender and couldn’t be happier with who he is.
Kavanagh was all smiles, with two of his three boys (Grayson and Jayse) by his side, as he joined several hundred people who participated in a community walk Saturday to celebrate Corner Brook Pride Week.
A drizzle of rain fell from a dark cloudy sky above the city as the parade made its way down through the heart of the city and looping around to a barbecue for all participants at Margaret Bowater Park.
The cool wind and moist air didn’t dampen spirits.
They walked arm in arm or hand in hand.
Some pushed along strollers with youngsters bundled up.
Some had their pets along for the ride.
“It’s amazing to see so many people come out and support us in our community, especially their young ones to teach them that love is love and just to be equal,” Kavanagh said.
Kavanagh has had lots of support in the transition and hopes there is more love spread around in the community when it comes to treating people equal regardless of who they are and who they want to be.
“I think people just have to realize that love is love,” Kavanagh said. “No matter what you look like on the outside it doesn’t change who you are on the inside. We’re just allowing ourselves to be who we are and to be happy and love ourselves.”
Laura Robinson was involved in organizing her first Pride Parade in the city and she was impressed with the good crowd that came out to show their support.
She said Pride Week was all about creating a positive portrait of a community that has typically and traditionally “at best shamed and often persecuted”.
“What we’re doing is trying to switch that narrative … make queer a positive thing and show the diversity of all our communities, it’s not just the queer community, and celebrate it,” she said. “It’s really meant to be a time of positivity and celebration and visibility.”