PRIDE MONTH 2022
Happy PRIDE Month 2022!
Pride is a celebration, an occasion for all communities to come together. No matter who you love or how you identify, you will be seen, valued, equal, and proud.
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions is proud to show its support to all the communities and celebrate Pride Month alongside them. Our goal is to support an environment free of any discrimination, inequality or harassment and celebrate each and every single person as they are.
Below is an exhaustive list of some of the event and celebrations across Simcoe, Muskoka and other close areas.
We hope you will join us in celebrating Pride Month today and every day.
PRIDE MONTH EVENTS 2022
On Saturday June 11th, come down to Meridian Place in Barrie, Ontario, for our first Pride Parade & Festival since 2019!
Hours: from 12pm to 10pm
More info at https://www.barriepride.org/
Pride week 2022 will take place from July 15th to 24th across Muskoka.
A parade will take place on July 24th. Vendors will also be on site, along with performances.
Muskoka Pride Youth Group is also organizing monthly hang outs from June 10 to October 14. It’s a group for LGBTQ+ youth (and Allies) to hang out, chat, play games, enjoy some snacks and build community (www.muskokapride.com/youth)
More info at: https://www.muskokapride.com/
Pride events will take place between July 15th and 17th.
Collingwood Pride is a free community event open to the public for a full weekend of celebration.
The event will include a parade, vendors on site, performances and also opportunities for young people and youth service partners to participate on panels with information booths, and more!
More info at https://www.pridecollingwood.com/
Innisfil Pride’s all about the inclusion and support for 2SLGBTQIA+.
They will have an event on June 17th, 2022 and a Pride Paddle on August 20th.
More info at www.innisfilpride.com
The Gilbert Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has been providing programs and services as the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County for over 25 years. In 2015, in part to recognize the reality of people with HIV not developing AIDS, but living healthy lives with HIV, the organization changed its name from the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County to the Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services. The Gilbert Centre, named after our founder Ed Gilbert, not only reflects the change in HIV, but also embraces the expansion of programming to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals and families in the Simcoe Muskoka area.
More information at https://gilbertcentre.ca/
Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children.
The “coming-out” process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family members, and the results can be devastating, even fatal.
More info at https://pflagcanada.ca/
Egale is Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.
More info at https://egale.ca/
Rainbow Health Ontario
Rainbow Health Ontario creates opportunities for the healthcare system to better serve LGBT2SQ communities.
RHO offers training for healthcare providers across the province to feel more clinically and culturally competent in caring for their LGBT2SQ service users. RHO also supports system change by producing evidence-based print and web resources, contributing an LGBT2SQ health perspective to public policy processes, acting as a research catalyst and hosting Canada’s largest LGBT2SQ health conference.
More info at https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/
Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for their community that’s been divested from police since day one. They are run by and for trans people.
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
More info at https://translifeline.org/
We passionately believe that UPlift Black lends itself and its values to all people regardless of race, color, gender identity, religion, or orientation. Each of our “UPlifters” carries with them an extraordinarily strong sense and understanding of intersectionality with views focused through a lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
This is a large part of what helps us to create atmospheres of trust, conviction, and harmony within our connections and within each of the communities that we serve! With many Diverse life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and professions, our “UPlifters” have ultimately uncovered a wealth in spirit that allows us to connect with multiple groups to coordinate; corporate learning, social programs as well as celebratory programs which highlight the ever-growing aspects of cultural diversity and the importance of “community”.
We also deeply understand that even the slightest recognition of personal bias helps each of us understand and view our world with increased acceptance.
More info at https://upliftblack.org/