Pride Month

June is Pride Month. Celebrated in Canada and around the world, this day celebrates the accomplishments of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other (2SLGBTQ+) communities. This day also recognizes the ongoing struggle and the continued work towards equal justice for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and communities. 

The celebration dates back to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In the early morning of June 28, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gathering spot for young members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. This time, onlookers did not stand by quietly. The crowd forced the police to barricade themselves in the bar to wait for backup. Around 400 people rioted. While the police eventually dispersed the crowd, people continued to riot outside the bar for the next several days. This event sparked the 2SLGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world.  

While 2SLGBTQ+ rights have progressed in Alberta and Canada since 1969, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals still face discrimination. Pride month reminds us of the continued need to advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ rights in all aspects of society. 

Pride events and celebrations take place June through September. To learn more about events in your area, visit your local pride organization’s website. To learn how you, your community, or organization can celebrate this month, refer to the Government of Canada’s website