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Pride Month 2021 has officially begun!

The month of June is dedicated to the uplifting of 2SLGBTQ+ voices, celebrating the work of 2SLGBTQ+ activists and the 2SLGBTQ+ culture, and supporting their rights. Pride Month occurs in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

Pride in EG!

The Town of East Gwillimbury believes in diversity and an inclusive environment for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We want EG to come together this month to recognize and help celebrate the importance of inclusion and diversity within our wonderful community.

Events within in EG!

On Sunday, June 13, EG’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee members came together at the EG Public Library locations in Holland Landing and Mount Albert, to colour portions of the sidewalk with messages of love and support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It is important during the month of June and all other months of the year to come together and embrace diversity, respect others, be open-minded and listen, and challenge any bias regarding Pride Month.

  • Colour EG! 
    • Residents are encouraged to decorate their own sidewalks and driveways with encouraging messages and pictures or hang pictures and messages in the windows of their homes. Let’s show how beautiful and caring the EG community really is! Share your photographs with the Town by using #EGDigitalPride!

York Pride Fest

York Region has kicked off Pride Month has a lot of virtual events to come! Live events will be streamed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Stay up-to-date and don't miss out. You check out their online platforms here! 

Website YouTube channel Facebook page Instagram Twitter

York Pride is getting more interactive this year by introducing the 'Experience Box'!

Get ready for fun! You can open your 'Experience Box' on June 25 for the "Turnin' Up the Heat" event!

Purchase your box now and learn more about it!

York Pride Events Calendar
DateEventTime
June 2 Launch Party 7 p.m.
June 7 Expressive Flow 7 p.m.
June 11 Tipsy Planting 7 p.m.
June 13 Pride Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
June 14 Colour Me Rainbow 7 p.m.
June 16 Trivia Night #1 7 p.m.
June 18 Comedy Night 7 p.m.
June 21 Dance Off 7 p.m.

June 23

Drag Makeup Get Ready With Me 7 p.m.
June 25 Digital Pride Parade 2 p.m.
June 25 Turnin' Up the Heat 7 p.m.
June 28 Trivia Night #2 7 p.m.
June 30 Closing Party 7 p.m.

 

 Rainbow flag symbol

2018 pride flag

 

The Rainbow flag is used as a symbol of 2SLGBTQ+ pride and each colour has its own meaning. Red is life, orange is healing, yellow is sunshine, green is nature, blue is harmony and purple is spirit. The flag was altered in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost. It now incorporates black and brown (for marginalized people of colour), and light blue and pink (to incorporate the colours of the trans community pride flag). The sideways arrows communicates progress being made but the white space is to show there is more work to be done.

How to be an ally and friend 
  1. Listen
  2. Be open-minded
  3. Be open and willing to talk
  4. Be inclusive
  5. Don't assume how someone identifies. Someone may be looking for support in their coming-out process and by not making assumptions, you give them the space they need.
  6. Speak out against Anti-2SLGBTQ+ comments and jokes. Let people know the things said are offensive and harmful.
  7. Confront your own bias and prejudice.
  8. Defend your 2SLGBTQ+ friends and family against discrimination.
  9. Believe that every person should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of gender identity, pronouns, and sexual orientation.