June is PRIDE MONTH!
In June, many provinces across Canada recognize Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ communities, while acknowledging their history, the hardships endured and the progress in equality that has been triumphed.
The History of Pride
Pride did not originate as the colourful parades and festivals we know today. Pride originally started as activism for equal rights for the LGBT community. Pride was a somber event, where the LGBTQ+ community and allies would mourn their brothers, sisters, and friends while protesting and marching for equality. The aids epidemic triggered horrific losses in the LGBT community, as well as hate crimes, discrimination, and violation of basic human rights. When asked about the history of pride, often the first thing that comes to people’s minds are the Stonewall Riots. Canada, however, has its own rich history and turning points in the struggle for, and the eventual celebration, of LGBTQ+ people. The most well-known of these are the Toronto raids which led to street riots downtown and through the city. That downtown location has since been turned into what it is today, a vibrant pride festival. It was not the only turning point in our history, follow this link for a comprehensive timeline of Canada’s pride month.
Although Canada has made tremendous strides in equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, we understand that challenges are still present. Here is a list of community resources available in our city to support and encourage members of the Queer community:
Here is a list of all the events happening on the Island and in Victoria this Month (June!)
10 – Burly-O Bingo
24 – Campbell River Pride
25 – Cowichan Pride
31 – Camp Kin
- Volunteer for Pride Week HERE
- Parents! Start the conversation HERE
- Attend the Festivities
- Read a Queer Book Link
- Light a Candle in memory of those who came before
- Wear a Pride Shirt to show your support !
- Make a Social Media post supporting the LGBTQ+ community