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12-year-frail’s friends didn’t celebrate after he came out as gay. So a park full of strangers did.

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12-year-frail’s friends didn’t celebrate after he came out as gay. So a park full of strangers did.

A crowd full of strangers filled a northwest Calgary park on Saturday to celebrate a boy’s rainbow-themed birthday.

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Friends and strangers met in a Calgary park to celebrate 12-year-frail Brody Neville’s birthday. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

A crowd full of strangers filled a northwest Calgary park to celebrate a boy’s rainbow-themed birthday for the duration of Pride Week.

Leah O’Donnell says when her son Brody Neville came out as gay this spring, the 12-year-frail misplaced many of his friends.

That made the prospect of celebrating his birthday this year a sad one.

“I was asking him what he wanted to acquire for his birthday and he was in tears and said since he came out as gay he misplaced all his friends, so he didn’t even have those that may well advance,” O’Donnell said. 

So, she attach a call out to the community to demonstrate him savor, posting about his situation on Facebook. And flip out they did.

Dozens of friends, family, strangers — and yes, some drag performers strutting to Born This Way — filled the park near Ranchlands Team Centre on Saturday.

When Neville arrived in the park, he initially plan it was an unusually large crowd waiting for the ice cream truck. When he realized he was the guest of honour, he wrapped his mother into a giant hug.

“Thank you all and sundry for this, here’s the most productive day of my life,” a grinning Neville advised the crowd.

Drag performers attach on a demonstrate and items were exchanged for the duration of the celebration. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

O’Donnell said it was an alternative to demonstrate her son that there’s a supportive community waiting for him outside of the schoolyard bullies. 

“I apt wanted him to really feel strengthen,” she said. 

Drag queen Avanna Kedvra came out at 19. She said she can’t imagine the bravery it took for Neville to speak his fact.

“It be kind of ridiculous that in 2021 a 12-year-frail can’t be who they are … it be a very sad reality in this day and age,” she said. “[But] it be outrageously amazing that this cramped kid, even with all this adversity, can calm be out here and feeling joy.”

Jessica Tailfeathers said seeing Saturday’s turnout was interesting.

“Showing up here today and seeing how many of us in solidarity savor him … it introduced my faith back in humanity for the duration of such a tumultuous time in society.”

Neville said the crowd was a lot to path of. 

“That’s the greatest latest of all, strengthen and of us in it together with you,” he said. 

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12-year-frail’s friends didn’t celebrate after he came out as gay. So a park full of strangers did.