June is Pride Month!

June is LGBTQ2S Pride Month! Pride is a month-long commemoration of the decades of LGBTQ2S activism for equal rights, as well as a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rights. In recent years, there has been emphasis on the intersectional nature of LGBTQ2S experiences. The rainbow Pride flag has been adapted to include stripes in black and brown, as well as pink, white, and blue, to represent and show solidarity with racialized and trans members of the LGBTQ2S community.

Pride celebrations in June are often associated with the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969, but Canada has its own distinct and rich history of LGBTQ2S activism and celebrations. Visit this link for a timeline of Canadian Pride History.

Waterloo Region has its own roots in LGBTQ2S history, with the University of Waterloo’s Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity being the oldest continually-running, university-based LGBTQ+ group in Canada.

The Pride flag featuring black brown, and pink, white, and blue stripes.

Pride month is continuing to look slightly different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are lots of resources and events available to learn about and celebrate LGBTQ2S history and Pride!

Kitchener Public Library’s Pride Month DiscoveREAD Surprise Bag

All month

During the month of June, you can request a DiscoveREAD surprise bag that contains 3 items that highlight works by LGBTQIA+ authors, creators, actors, and so forth. This service is for customers ages 15+.

Waterloo’s Rainbow History: 50 Years of Glow

Tuesday, June 6 at 12pm and 3pm

This year during Pride Month, join the City of Waterloo Museum, Spectrum and the Glow Centre for a walking tour on the University of Waterloo campus. 

Pride Trivia with Waterloo Public Library

Sunday June 11, 7pm

Test your knowledge of queer pop culture, and LGBTQ2+ history. Prizes will be awarded! This event is designed for adults and may not be suitable for younger participants.

THEMUSEUM’s virtual pride event, hosted in partnership with Spectrum

Thursday, June 17 at 7pm

Proud to Be is a variety show streamed right from THEMUSUEM for Pride 2021, featuring TikTok sensation and Canada’s Drag Race Contestant, Kyne!

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