In honour of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in the United States, which seemed to be the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement – each June people from across the nation come together to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Similar to last year, this Pride month will look a little different. With events still primarily being held on virtual platforms and with social distancing measures still in place, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg are not falling short of finding ways to celebrate.
Here are some ways Regina is celebrating Pride month in the city.
Queer Local Market
This year’s Queer Local Market took place on June 5th, 2021 and hosted a range of artists, artisans, community groups, and service organizations.
2021 Pride Parade
Of course, this year the Pride Parade looks a bit different. You can choose to watch the physical parade in the city streets on June 12th starting at 12:00pm. This in person parade has been limited to 30 pre-selected vehicles. Another way you can participate in the Pride Parade is by submitting a video. The videos will be entwined into the live broadcast of the parade to create a “Hybrid Pride Parade”.
Pride Up Your Place Decorating Contest
The Pride Up Your Place decorating contest encourages Regina businesses and community members to join us in celebrating Pride this year through a vibrant and visible display.
Here are a few ways Saskatoon is celebrating Pride month in the city.
Virtual Trivia Night
If you’ve ever played Name That Tune, you’re going to love this trivia night! This event is FREE and will be hosted on June 13th at 7:00pm.
Saskatoon Virtual Pride Parade
Spark Your Pride
Spark Your Pride is a virtual storytelling event that celebrates the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ people, taking place June 15th at 10:00 am. It aims to express and preserve stories and accomplishments that are important to the history of Saskatchewan and to amplify them. This event is also FREE!
The city of Winnipeg will be celebrating Pride between September 3 to 12 this year. Being just under 3 months away, Pride Winnipeg has yet to provide event details. From what we know, the week will be celebrated virtually.
Pride at Farmer Jane Cannabis Co.
Here at Farmer Jane, to celebrate pride and to show our support to the LGBTQIA+ community we have launched our Pride Snapbacks. These hats were designed by Bierre, a Farmer Jane Budtender from Saskatoon who is agender non-binary. The hats are being sold across all Farmer Jane stores for $23.99 and will be an ongoing sale past the month of June. The proceeds from the hats will go to three deserving LGBTQIA+ supporting organizations. The organizations include:
Rainbow Resource Centre, located in Winnipeg offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
Lulu’s Lodge, located in Regina is a non-profit organization that provides housing for LGBTQI2S+ youth aged 16-21 in Regina. The home acts as a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go. In addition to the home, the non-profit also gives access to a mentor who provides guidance on education, physical health, mental wellness, family reunification, legal matters, and advocacy.
OUTSaskatoon, located in Saskatoon, is on a mission to support a growing and changing community. They support 2SLGBTQ people of all ages and backgrounds through peer support and counselling, queer specific education and resources, outreach, social gatherings and events, community referrals and sexual health services. In addition, they also operate Pride Home, a long-term home for 2SLGBTQ youth ages 16-21.