Celebrating Pride

June 22, 2023

Pride month is an opportunity that serves as a reminder of the variety of identities, backgrounds, and experiences that make up our global community. It is an opportunity to challenge prejudice and stereotypes while promoting a society that upholds equality, justice, and human rights for everyone. This month is also an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge, honour, and learn more about the countless contributions of Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender-diverse identities (2SLGBTQ1+).

In addition, June serves as an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges the 2SLGBTQ1+ community has achieved and overcome.

Pride Season encompasses a wide range of Pride events under one umbrella:

  • Pride Month is celebrated every June.
  • Public Service Pride Week is celebrated annually in the third week of August.
  • Pride events are celebrated throughout the summer across Canada.

In honour of the 2SLGBTQ1+ community, here are some of the important events and rights that the community has fought hard to obtain:

May 24, 1969: The Decriminalization of Homosexual Act

August 28, 1971: Canada’s First Gay Liberation Protest and March

  • Approximately 100 people gathered on Parliament Hill and presented a petition to the government with ten demands for equal rights and protections.

April 11, 2000: The Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act

  • The “common-law relationship” definition included same-sex couples, giving them the same social and tax benefits.

On July 12, 2002: Ontario Superior Court of Justice Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage

  • The Superior Court of Justice ruled that prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional and gave Ontario two years to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

We encourage everyone to learn more about the history of the 2SLGBTQ1+ community by using the resources listed below:

Pride Season 2023: Celebrating 2SLGBTQI+ Persons in Canada – Canada.ca

Over 50 years of LGBTQ2 activism in Canada – YouTube

By embracing diversity in all forms, we create a space where everyone feels valued, respected, and celebrated for who they are.

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