Pride Toronto is back, and this month we hope to welcome LGBTQIA2S+ people to a safe and inclusive party. Our city is hosting tourists, lovers and families celebrating Pride (in the name of love). Being a better ally to LGBTQIA2S+ people involves a combination of education, support, advocacy, and active participation. Here are some practical steps you can take to be a better ally and suggestions for including LGBTQ+ events in Toronto:

Pride Toronto is a Universal Space to Feel Safe

So let’s keep it that way. Pride Month is more than just parties and rainbow flags. With that in mind, we have curated some ways to dial into what Pride is really about.

Steps to Be a Better Ally

🌈 Educate Yourself:

  • Learn about LGBTQ+ issues, history, and terminology. This can involve reading books, watching documentaries, and following LGBTQ+ news and media.
  • Understand the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, including discrimination, mental health issues, and legal obstacles.

🌈 Listen and Be Respectful:

  • Listen to the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ+ people without making assumptions.
  • Use inclusive and respectful language, including correct pronouns and names.

🌈 Support LGBTQ+ Rights:

  • Advocate for policies and laws that protect LGBTQ+ rights at local, national, and international levels.
  • Support organizations that work for LGBTQ+ rights through donations, volunteering, or participation.
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Craig’s Cookies is always a great spot to celebrate Pride

🌈 Create Inclusive Spaces:

  • Ensure that your workplace, school, or community group is inclusive and welcoming. This can involve anti-discrimination policies, gender-neutral bathrooms, and diversity training.
  • Promote visibility and representation of LGBTQ+ people in media, events, and leadership positions.

🌈 Challenge Discrimination:

  • Speak out against homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic comments or actions.
  • Educate others about the importance of equality and respect for LGBTQ+ people.

🌈 Participate in LGBTQ+ Events:

  • Attend and support LGBTQ+ events such as Pride parades, film festivals, and community gatherings.
  • Promote these events within your networks to increase visibility and participation.

Pride Toronto Events

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Have you ever walked this wonderful ravine path? Discover the Rainbow Tunnel at DVP and Lawrence.

🌈 Toronto Pride Festival:

  • Held in June, it is one of the largest Pride celebrations in North America. Come for parades, concerts, street fairs, and various cultural events.

🌈 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival:

  • An annual film festival showcasing LGBTQ+ films from around the world. It usually takes place in May and kicks off Pride Month.

🌈 Toronto Queer Film Festival:

🌈 Trans Pride March:

  • Part of the Toronto Pride Festival, the Trans Pride March is a specific event that highlights the visibility and voices of transgender and non-binary individuals.

LGBTQ+ Events for Pride Toronto

🌈 Dyke March:

  • Another integral part of the Toronto Pride Festival, the Dyke March is a grassroots event focusing on the experiences and rights of queer women and non-binary individuals.

🌈 Pride and Remembrance Run:

  • The 2024 Run is long sold out, but don’t let that stop you from waving flags at the finish line for a great cause. June 29th, in the heart of the village. 3K, 5K and kids races, too.

🌈 AIDS Candle Light Vigil:

  • This annual event at Barbara Hall Park brings people together to celebrate, honour and remember those who have lost their lives or live with HIV/AIDS. Join them on June 25th, 9pm at 519 Church Street.

How to Stay Informed and Get Involved

🌈 Follow LGBTQ+ Organizations:

  • Follow local LGBTQ+ organizations like The 519, Toronto PFLAG, and Rainbow Railroad on social media and subscribe to their newsletters to stay informed about events and opportunities.

🌈 Join Community Groups:

  • Join LGBTQ+ community groups and online forums to connect with others and stay updated on local events and initiatives.

🌈 Volunteer:

  • Volunteer for LGBTQ+ events and organizations. Many events rely on volunteers, and this is a great way to contribute and meet new people.

🌈 Support LGBTQ+ Businesses:

🌈 Promote Events:

  • Share information about LGBTQ+ events on your social media and with your networks to help increase attendance and visibility.

By taking these steps, you can become a better ally and actively support the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto.

Images by Libby Roach.