June is National Pride Month and Kenora Pride has a lineup of events planned to celebrate the month.
To kick off Pride Month, Kenora Pride will be at Kenora City Hall today, June 1, 2022, to raise the Pride flag. The LGBTQ2s+ community and allies are welcome to come down to City Hall to watch as the Treaty 3 Pride flag is raised.
“To include the fact that it is also [National] Indigenous History Month, we are raising the Treaty 3 Pride flag and Francis Kavanaugh, Treaty 3 Grand Chief, is going to hoist the flag. We are also going to hear from Mayor Dan Reynard,” said Andrea Campbell, President of the Kenora Pride Committee.
The flag-raising will be a quick lunchtime event according to Campbell, approximately an hour long.
There will be multiple Pride events throughout June. The big event will be the Pride March on June 25, 2022, to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots that happened in New York in 1969.
“We are having a March at 2:00 pm on June 25, it will begin at the Muse – and when we are done, we are all going to have a BBQ with free burgers at Anishnaabe Park between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.”
“I would like to invite all allies and members of the LGBTQ2s+ community to come out and let their pride show!”
On the evening of June 25, Kenora Pride will be hosting a showing of the movie Rocketman at the Mount Evergreen drive-in movie theatre. There will be one showing of the movie and it will be first come first serve as there is only room for 50 vehicles.
Campbell commented on why it is important to recognize Pride Month, “June is Pride Month and I think it is very important to take note of the LGBTQ2s+ inclusion, it has come a long way in Kenora but there is always progress to be made.”
“With the erosion of Roe V. Wade in the United States, we see how we must remain vigilant and protect human rights, we need to protect our gains.”
“Students continue to face exclusion like deadnaming and misgendering, it's still happening here. Access to trans inclusive healthcare is difficult in the north.”
“We are hoping to highlight all of these things while also creating an opportunity to celebrate and come together, build communities, and provide a safe space. It also just gives all the allies an opportunity to come out and meet the LGBTQ2s+ community,” she concluded.
Check out the Kenora Pride Facebook page to find more details on the Pride Month events.