June 9, 2017
Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities.
Labour unions have played a vital role in securing the workplace rights of LGBTQI* workers. Long before provinces and the federal government adopted laws prohibiting discrimination, unions bargained fair practices into their contracts.
These practices served as the leading edge of wider efforts toward societal and workplace equality. Over the past forty-five years, the labour movement can be proud of our work to ensure full legal rights for the LGBTQI* workers and their families. We fought for collective bargaining rights and stood with our members through legal battles in achieving legislative equality.
The more unions that assist members in creating a visible presence at picnics, marches and parades the better. This support is crucial, particularly in the smaller towns. Unions are strongly encouraged to work with local labour councils and contacts wherever possible and to distribute the OFL “Make It Fair” campaign materials at Pride events.
Click here for a list of LGBTQI* Pride dates and events across Ontario (as of early-May). Please note that some of this information may change and we will do our best to post updates as they become available. If you would like to add or update events listed, please contact: Carrol Anne Sceviour: CSceviour@ofl.ca. Please share your events and photos online and on social media.