Pride Month

Pride is an annual, global series of events that celebrates people in our community who are two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other identities (2SLGBTQIA+).

Various events are held during Pride Month as a way of recognizing the ongoing fight for human rights, as well as the influence and achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ people around the world. The event started in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York, a pivotal moment in the 2SLGBTQIA+ social movement.

Now, each June, people around the world come together to celebrate Pride. The most prominent events are normally parades, street parties and festivals, public speaking, and the raising of the rainbow flag. Due to current public health restrictions, in-person events have been canceled but events, celebrations, education sessions, and discussions are being moved online.

The YMCA is committed to being a safe space where everyone is welcome and is free to be their true selves. Join us for a free, two-part online event:

LGBTQQI2S+ Inclusivity 

Learning, Celebration, and Honouring identities with Kevin Rambally 

Wednesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In June, we celebrate Identity, Resiliency, Advocacy, Intersectionality and Pride. This month, like every month, we have an opportunity to build awareness and acknowledge how we can support our community. As allies, we must reflect on the ongoing discrimination and intersectional violence faced by the LGBTQQI2S+ community.

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This presentation will consist of three key elements: Terminology, Self Accountability, and Solidarity. The purpose of these focus areas is to support the understanding around community language and self-identifiers, educating self around allyship, encouraging self-reflection about positions of power, and instilling in folx how they can transform these concepts into a lasting allyship. Within the training, we will value the lived experiences of those within the community and cultivate a brave space for those in and outside of the community to collectively address action for change.

The session will offer participants an understanding of terminology and pronouns and will explore the continuum of gender identity. This training welcomes those within and those outside of the LGBTQQI2S+ community. Join us in celebrating, honouring, remembering and learning how we can build together and make change within our personal lives and in the work we do.

To read about our speaker, Kevin Rambally, click on his photo below:

Kevin Rambally

Family Paint Night! Rainbow Shawl Dance 

Bring your own paint supplies and celebrate Indigenous History and 2SLGBTQAPNGC Pride Together!

Rainbow Shawl Painting

Monday, June 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Lyndon George (Chippewas of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations) and Moses Lunham (Ojibway Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations) as we learn and create beauty in the community.

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Halton Pride Collective Events 

Click the link below to see the full list of local Pride events in Halton that are being offered by the Halton Pride Collective that includes the Positive Space Network, Halton Black Voices, PFLAG, and the YMCA of Oakville:

 HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE!