Happy Pride Month! During the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community gather together with allies across the globe to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equality. York University proudly stands with the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month and all year round.
Though the celebrations are not going to be the same given the cancellation of several events following the direction of the Federal and Provincial governments, there are still some awesome Virtual events from York and all around the world that you should attend. In this #YUBlog post, we’ve put together a list of five Pride virtual events that you can attend to celebrate pride this month!
1. York University Student Counselling & Development (SCD) Get-Together
SCD at York has scheduled an event to celebrate Pride month on Wednesday, June 24th, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. SCD counselors who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community will host this event so students can be at their most comfortable self to discuss anything Pride-related as well as having the chance for peer-to-peer connection to make new friends that also believe in the same great cause.
This event will also be kicking off the resuming of SCD’s biweekly LGBTQ+ Support Group. The Support Group is a drop-in group for students to discuss with counsellors themes of importance chosen by members of the group that concern the topics about the LGBTQ+ community such as coming out, managing stress, self-care, etc.
For questions regarding the Pride celebration including how to sign up, or the biweekly LGBTQ+ Support Group, please email email@example.com.
2. Pride Ceremony by The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education
The Centre is proud to announce the first-ever virtual York Pride Ceremony on Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m.
This is a big virtual ceremony that will include the participation of the Vice President of Equity, People Culture Sheila Cote Meek (she/her) as the MC, President Rhonda Lenton (she/her), who will make remarks on Pride, Vice President Campaigns & Advocacy for the York Federation of Students Jessie Whyte (they/them), who will represent York U students on speaking on the matter and many other honourable guest speakers. The event will also feature Community Organizer Yamikani Msosa (Ze-Hir/She- Her), sharing perspectives on how to Centre Joy as an Act of Resistance and Liberation.
Along with the speeches, there will also be performances including a drag performance from Anton Ling (he/him), but you might know her as Aurora Matrix (she/her), and many more special, original performances.
3. Virtual Pride Parade by Pride Toronto
Pride Toronto is organizing a virtual Pride parade on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
In addition to the Virtual Pride Parade, Pride Toronto is also making the most of technology during this time to celebrate Pride month in some very unique ways. They have weekly events, special Saturday sessions, and Festival Weekends that cover a wide range of art forms to honour the LGBTQ+ community. To join their weekly specials, visit the Pride Toronto website for more details and register for the Virtual Pride Parade here.
4. Global Pride
Many global Pride organizations have come together to host a Virtual Global Pride 24-hour livestream on June 27. World leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US nominee for President Joseph Biden, drag queens such as Pabllo Vittar and Courtney Act, and international musical artists like Adam Lambert and Kesha will come together during the livestream to deliver the best speeches and performances to honour the LGBTQ+ community.
The Global Pride stream will be putting the Black Lives Matter movement at its centre to further spread the message of equality and world peace during this time. To sign up for the event, please visit Global Pride Facebook page for more details.
5. Virtual Rally by NYC Pride
New York City is known for its grand Pride parade every year in June. This year, everyone in the world can take part in joining the city since the NYC Pride organization has decided to host a virtual rally on Sunday, June 28, from 5 – 8 p.m.
The event will be hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston, the first transgender person to run for the state office in California, and transgender actor Brian Michael Smith. NYC Pride will stand with Black Lives Matter and focus on the needs of the black and brown community.
We hope this post has given you motivation to join some great Pride events this year despite not being able to gather in large crowds to honour the LGBTQ+ community. Don’t forget to celebrate and support the community all year round as well! Happy Pride month, Lions!