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We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many Nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
We also acknowledge all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past - and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly forcibly displanted Africans brought here as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. We pay tribute to those ancestors of African origin and descent.
Brian Jiang (they/them) Artist, Toronto

Executive Statement 

From Sherwin Modeste and The Board of Directors

This year, Pride Toronto celebrates its 40th Anniversary. In February 1981 – 40 years ago – four bathhouses downtown were violently surprised by a series of coordinated raids called “Operation Soap.” Plain clothed police officers entered The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman II Health & Recreation Spa.

When the night was over, 286 men were charged for being found in a common bawdy house (a brothel), and 20 were charged for operating a bawdy house. It was, up to that time, the largest single arrest in Toronto’s history.

Later in the year, “Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Toronto”, now Pride Toronto, was legally incorporated and an estimated 1,500 people celebrated Pride Day on Sunday, June 28th, 1981 at Grange Park. 

We are excited to be commemorating our 40th Anniversary by sharing our story through digital content and by showcasing our heroes, our Elders, of the Toronto Queer and Trans communities.

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across Toronto, especially racialized and marginalized communities, are frustrated, exhausted, and anxious about their future. However, this year has also highlighted their sacrifices and resiliency in the face of great challenges.
The 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to be among the most vulnerable in Canada and hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing significant discrimination in all areas of life, barriers to accessing healthcare and mental health services, and higher rates of homelessness, poverty, and social isolation — one thing is evident, our community needs ongoing support now more than ever.

Pride Toronto is supporting this work by prioritizing community-focused programming, amplifying local advocacy, and elevating the most marginalized voices in our community.

We are thankful for the ongoing work, commitment, and support of staff, volunteers, members, sponsors, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We look forward to celebrating the 2021 Pride Toronto Festival and our 40th Anniversary with you!


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︎ ︎  Watch Live
Tue, June 1
Airs 1-2pm



Flag Raising


The City of Toronto proclaims June as Pride Month and raises the Rainbow and Transgender flags virtually at City Hall. This annual event brings us together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of Toronto's 2SLGBTQ+ communities.  

Hosted by  


Flag Raising & Proclamation of Pride Month Hosted By The City of Toronto with Mayor John Tory. Following the Toronto ceremony, join OLG with a Flag Raising in Sault Ste. Marie.


Presented by  

ASL Interpreters will be available for this event.

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Tuesdays at 4pm





Beauty in our History


A celebration of the history of our varying and diverse communities. Learn about American Sign Language, traditional South Asian attire and the significance of cultural hairstyles in this 4 part series.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events.


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︎ ︎  Watch Live
Tue, June 1
Airs 4pm

Desi Attire with Mango Lassi


Mango Lassi is a queer Canadian-Pakistani whose drag focus is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk and breaking the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desi’s back from expressing themselves. Learn the history and beauty behind Desi clothing and accessories.


Presented by
 
 


︎ ︎  Watch Live
Tue, June 8
Airs 4pm

ASL with Gaitrie Persaud-Dhunmoon


ASL (American Sign Language) is just that, a language. Gaitrie Persaud-Dhunmoon shares a bit about the beautiful history of ASL and the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Presented by    


︎ ︎  Watch Live
Tue, June 15
Airs 4pm

My Two Spirit Identity with Kai Potts


Kai Potts (he/him) is a Nakota Sioux Two Spirit from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Treaty 6. He is a passionate advocate for indigenous youth and whose work focuses on Two-Spirit resurgence, mental health, and IndigiQueer identity. Join Kai Potts while they do his makeup and speak on his Two Spirit identity.

︎ ︎  Watch Live
Tue, June 22
Airs 4pm

Locs with Safiya


Originally known as Kinky Kreations™, Safiya started out as a travelling stylist visiting her customers. As the business grew, she then became a home-based business specializing in Locs and Natural Hair (super curly/textured hair). Safiya will be speaking about the origin of Locs and how best to take care of them.


Presented by     


 

Wednesdays at 4pm





Wellness Wednesdays


Let's take a few minutes to check-in; Have you been moving your body? Do you know how to meditate and get centred? Join us on Wellness Wednesdays for your weekly self-care checkpoint.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events.


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︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 2
Airs 4pm

Mindful Movement with Bronwyn


It’s Wellness Wednesday, time for our mid-week check-in and Mindful Movement with Bronwyn. Bronwyn[she/her] is a mindful movement instructor living in Toronto. She aims to empower those around her by leading them through informed movement practices.


Presented by    

︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 9
Airs 4pm

Guided Meditation with Robin


Have a midweek check-in and join Robin in a guided meditation. Robin is a Toronto-based meditation instructor, yoga teacher, and reiki practitioner. Robin takes a modern and personal approach in his teachings, firmly believing wisdom and knowledge can be found across all cultures and human traditions.


Presented by  
︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 16
Airs 4pm

Move with AK


Meet AK, the founder of Free To Move, a passionate queer and non-binary entrepreneur, speaker and chronic illness advocate. AK is a certified personal trainer and fitness coach, with a passion for inclusive movement.


Presented by    
 

Wednesdays at 5pm





Weekly Activities


Pride Toronto invites you to attend an engaging activity night to connect with fellow community members and have some virtual fun. With new activities happening each week there is fun for everyone!

Closed Captioning will be available for these events.


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︎ Zoom Event
(50 participants max)
Wed, June 2
5-6pm


Spoken Word Poetry Workshop:
Gender Identity and Expression


This program will use spoken word poetry to engage with and explore gender identity and expression. Participants will watch a live spoken word poetry performance, learn tools to use the art form, and write their own poetry based on their own experiences.

Hosted by CANVAS Arts Action Programs


Presented by   
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Wed, June 9
5-6pm

Digital Drag Bingo with Devine Darlin


Get your virtual dabbers ready for Drag Bingo! Hosted by the fabulous Devine Darlin. Register in advance to receive your virtual Bingo card. 


Presented by:     
︎ Zoom Event
Wed, June 16
5-6pm

Trivia with The ArQuives


Show off your queer trivia knowledge about all thing international having to do with queer culture and Pride. We have lots of fun questions about Pride celebrations around the world as well as some cool fun nuggest of history and current trivia.



 

Wednesdays at 6:30pm





Human Rights Panel


The Human Rights Panels are a crucial part of Pride Toronto’s annual programming allowing participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue. Join us this year for a series of conversations.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events. ASL Interpreters can be booked by contacting office@pridetoronto.com a minimum of five (5) days prior to the event. Pride Toronto thanks the TD Ready Commitment for their support in presenting ASL Interpretation for Pride 2021

︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 2
Airs 6:30-7:30pm

Envisioning a d/Deaf Queer Utopia


invites d/Deaf Queer panelists to re-imagine a perfect world that is accessible and inclusive for all. What does this world look like? What steps can we take to achieve that goal? We welcome all to engage in this conversation.

Moderated by: Amy Parsons
Panelists Include: Mirriah Elphege Bernard-Wesson
︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 9
Airs 6:30-7:30pm

Inter-religious dialogue in 2SLGBTQ+ Spaces


explores the intersectional identity of being a 2SLGBTQ+ person with religious beliefs. How can we hold space and honour our identities without compromising our beliefs and traditions? What does it look like to be 2SLGBT2Q+ and religious?

Moderated by: Cheri DiNovo.
Panelists Include: Rev. Evan Swance-Smith (Urban Native Ministry), El-Farouk Khaki, imam eTJC: The Unity Mosque and Jess Burke (CIJA), and Sardar. Jodh Singh (founder of the Queer Sikh Network).
︎ ︎  Watch Live
Wed, June 16
Airs 6:30-7:30pm

Black Solidarity:
A Transnational Conversation on Unity and Decolonization


explores themes of Black North-South solidarity in relation to advocacy and Pride programming. Panelists will speak to the dynamics and implications of human rights solidarity.

Moderated by: Hollywood Jade, host of Pride Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans excellence podcast. Panelists Include: David Nnanna Ikpo (Pride Afrique, Nigeria), Maria Fontenelle (founding member of 758 Pride Saint Lucia), Joëlle Sambi Nzeba (Co-Chair of EuroCentralAsian Lesbian Community) and Carlos Idibouo (Fierté Afrique Francophone)

Presented by   


Vivian Rosas (she/her) Illustrator, Toronto
︎ Watch Live
Wed, June 2
Airs 8-10pm





Timeless:
Pride Month Kick-off


Closed Captioning will be available for this event.

Presented by  
A kick-off for Pride Month festivities! Pride Toronto is celebrating its 40th year serving the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We’re calling on our community of the past 40 years to come party with us at this Studio 54 inspired virtual showcase.

Hosted by Damnit Maurie of The Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5


Lucas Silveira
Ceréna 
Forte - Toronto Gay Men's Chorus
Amanda Roberts
Sandy Duperval
Babia Majora


Storry, Juno nominated artist for R&B album of the year, STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing.

Thursdays at 4pm 





Sex Talk


Your weekly dose of sexual health info sessions from an intersectional lens, where 2SLGBT2Q+ sex and relationship therapists from varying communities dive in to all things sex.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events.


Presented by   


︎ ︎  Watch Live
Thu, June 3
Airs 4pm


Things you shouldn’t ask a disabled person during Sex with Andrew Gurza


Andrew Gurza is an award winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Handi, a sex toy company that puts pleasure within reach for disabled people. Drew uses he/they pronouns and identifies proudly as disabled. He has spoken all over the world on sex, disability and what it means to be a Queer Cripple. He is also the host of Disability After Dark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Disability Stories.

The show is available on all platforms. Andrew is also the creator of the viral hashtag #DisabledPeopleAreHot.


︎ ︎  Watch Live
Thu, June 10
Airs 4pm


Sex Talk with Ali Ahmed


For over a decade, Ali has successfully formed therapeutic relationships with individuals and couples assisting with stress, depression, anxiety, sexual orientation, sexual dysfunction, grief,  and substance use. His person-centred approach helps you to find balance and the resilience to improve your ability to function better. He's a Registered Social Worker, with Master and Bachelor of Social Work degrees, and post-graduate certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Interpersonal Mediation, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Trauma Counselling, and Motivational Interviewing.

︎ ︎  Watch Live
Thu, June 17
Airs 4pm


Sex and the Intersections of Trauma and Oppression, with X. Sly Sarkisova


X. Sly Sarkisova, MSW, is a Toronto based queer and non binary trans-identified psychotherapist. Sly brings a deeply structural, pro-survivor lens to his work with people. Currently in his private practice, Sly provides consultation, training and clinical supervision on trauma informed integrative psychotherapy to organizations and individuals. Communities needing support related to relationships, identity, poly, kink, sex work, addictions, mental health and trauma related concerns see him for psychotherapy.

︎ ︎  Watch Live
Thu, June 24
Airs 4pm


Sexy Sexual Health Trivia,
with Samantha Bitty!


Samantha Bitty is a sexual health/consent educator, speaker, quintuple fire sign and social change entrepreneur. With humour, empathy and liberation as central to her work, she uses games, drag, and media to push the boundaries of propriety and facilitate entry points into challenging conversations. Samantha prioritizes art, aesthetics and accessibility to teach sex-ed that is rooted in pleasure, anti-racism, disability justice, and is affirming to folks across the gender/sexuality spectrum and survivors of GBV. She is a sober, Trini Aries, born in Scarborough, On.

Fridays at 1pm






Anti-Oppression Training


Join us for our lunch and learn style anti-oppression and anti-racism workshops.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events. ASL Interpreters can be booked by contacting office@pridetoronto.com a minimum of five (5) days prior to the event. Pride Toronto thanks the TD Ready Commitment for their support in presenting ASL Interpretation for Pride 2021


︎ On Zoom
Fri, June 4
1-2pm
︎ On Zoom
Fri, June 11
1-2pm


Anti-Asian Racism and Oppression Workshop Hosted by Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention (ASAAP)

Challenging Fatphobia - Workshop Hosted by Pride Toronto with guests from Body Confidence Canada

  

Fridays at 4pm






Sipz and Snax


Feeling thirsty? Well get your cocktail (or mocktail) kit ready! Each week a new 2SLGBTQ+ mixologist or chef will walk you through a delicious drink and snack pairing.

Closed Captioning will be available for these events.


Presented by 

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︎ ︎  Watch Live
Fri, June 4
Fri, June 25
Airs at 4pm

Jenn of Quench Bar


Jenn, She/her is a Jewish Queer Toronto woman of Moroccon decent. She started Quench Bar after 10 years of being in the hospitality industry. Quench Bar is a full service portable bar that also offers cocktail kit distribution and virtual mixology lessons. Follow along to create this drink and snack pairing!
︎ ︎  Watch Live
Fri, June 11
Fri, June 18
Airs at 4pm

Camellia Mayers


A passion driven Chef with a love for all things food. Camellia is the Executive chef and owner of DVOURR offering classes, workshops and private catering. Follow along to create this Guyanese-Trini inspired pairing!
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