Gay pride

Many believe it is difficult to live as a gay person in small towns, and so they move to the cities.

Rune from Sunmøre wants to do something about this.

Rune Sæbønes is a journalist at the local newspaper in Ørsta.

- This is a vertical filing system.

- What’s at the bottom isn’t important.

18 months ago, he came out of the closet as gay.

- There were some episodes last year, with reader comments against gay people.

This made me upset.

It was this kind of criticism which drove Sæbønes to get behind a gay pride march.

- This is how things should be in 2018. But 10 years ago, this was not the case.

- There has been a major change in attitude in recent years.

- Now there is a pride march of all things. Absolutely great!

From Thursday, the rainbow gay pride flag will wave in Sunnmøre district.

- It’s a symbol of our rights, which will be on display in Ørsta and Volda in the gay pride march.

For many years, people have had to move away from the area to be accepted.

It doesn’t need to be like that any more.

The hope is that we are able to push forward what we want to communicate:

that Ørsta, Volda and Sunnmøre welcomes everyone.

On the streets of Volda, the event is praised

- I think it’s great. I look forward to it!

It can be difficult to live here if that is your sexual preference.

It is good to know that people have your back.

- It’s about time that the town shows that it accepts diversity.

It’s fantastic!

The town responded warmly when Rune came out.

I posted it on Facebook, and after 3 or 4 minutes there were hundreds of comments.

All were positive, which was a relief.