LGBTQ Pride 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities.
Over the past forty years, the labour movement can be proud of our work to ensure full legal rights for the LGBTQ workers and their families. We fought for collective bargaining rights and stood with our members through legal battles in achieving legislative equality.
In these difficult economic times, we must ensure that human rights do not become a causality of the recession. The economic downturn has very real repercussions for marginalized groups. We know that in hard times tension rises and harassment increases.
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.
Scroll down or click here or an list of LGBTQ 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: CSeviour@ofl-org.flywheelsites.com
Please share your events and photos online and on social media.
OFL Executive Vice-President
May 3-10: Guelph Pride
May 29-May 31: Elliot Lake Pride
May 30-June 6: Tri-Pride: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo
May 31-June 6: Pride Niagara (St. Catharines)
June 3-7: Pride Durham
June 5-14: Timmins Pride
June 6: Perth Pride
June 6-13: Barrie Pride
June 7-1 4: Thunder Bay Pride
June 11-14: Kingston Pride
June 12-14: Grey Bruce Pride
June 13-21: York Pride
June 15-21: Hamilton Pride
June 15-21: Brantford Pride
June 19-28: Pride Toronto
June 20-22: Gananoque Pride Festival
July 4: Belleville Pride
July 17-26: Muskoka Pride
July 17-26: Pride London
July 18: Brockville Pride Walk
July 19-26: Sudbury Pride
July 23: Peel Pride
July 30-August 8: Simcoe County Pride
August 7-9: Windsor-Essex Pride Festival
August 14-23: Capital Pride
August 21-23: Chatham-Kent Pride
September 7-13: Sault Pride Fest
September 12-19: Peterborough Pride
The dates were accurate at the time of posting. Members are encouraged to check the individual websites prior to attending any of the Pride events.