As a historically marginalized group, the act of physical gathering as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community holds so much power, provides so much support and sparks real meaningful change. Although we may not be able to physically gather for the traditional festivities, it’s important to keep the celebration going!
That’s why we’ve compiled a few resources, events, talks and celebrations you can take part in this pride month!
How to Celebrate Pride Month Virtually!
Take part in virtual Toronto Pride Month: https://prideguide.online/Home
Pride may not be in person, but it’s not cancelled! Check out the program for this month’s festivities, specifically the Wellness Wednesdays including guided meditations and movement practices lead by queer mindfulness and movement experts.
While you’re there enjoy a variety of events and talks from educational inclusion theory to Drag Queen story time and everything in-between!
Take Time to Learn Queer History: https://www.coursera.org/learn/lgbtq-pride
Take the month of June to register for a free course called LGBTQ Pride: From Origins to Evolution” offered online through the university of Michigan.
Here’s the description: “At its origin in the late 60s and early 70s, Pride in the U.S. was a radical claiming of space for LGBTQ individuals and communities. Today’s Pride has evolved to a hyper visible month-long celebration across different parts of the world, but Pride as a personal experience and representation of communities remains complicated. In this Teach-Out, we will discuss the history of Pride and what it means for individuals and communities today.”
Did we mention it’s free?
Gather in Queer Community, Online: https://gilbertcentre.ca/online/
The Gilbert Centre has re-vamped many of their programs and social spaces to provide a Covid-safe environment for community gathering and support. This local resource has been a cherished support network for members of the community in Simcoe County for years and they continue to provide exceptional services throughout the pandemic, when marginalized groups like the LGBTQIA2S+ community have been hit hardest. Visit their website for all the details!
Although Pride Month is meant to celebrate joy and love, we do acknowledge that it can bring up some tough feelings for some. If you’re in need of a little extra support this month, don’t hesitate to reach out to your existing support team or begin to create one now.
For more resources or help, contact Reflection Centre today! Our practise is a safe space for all and our team of professionals are experienced in working within the community!